Three Folsom Women’s Facility (FWF) offenders from the California Prison Industry Authority’s (CALPIA) Career Technical Education (CTE) program were recently presented with certificates by Doyle Radford, Sr., the Northern California Business Manager for the Laborers Local 185.

The ceremony took place at the Green Valley Training Center on the grounds of Folsom State Prison.  Folsom Women’s Facility Associate Warden Robin Harrington also attended.  The graduates received certificates in concrete, confined spaces and gravity flow piping.

The four-month Construction Labor program instructs participants in compression safety, jackhammer, the basics of concrete form-setting, and gravity flow-piping. After parole, graduates are eligible to be apprentices with unions associated with CALPIA’s CTE program. CALPIA provides paroled graduates with a set of tools, a tool belt, and pays the first year of union dues.  All CALPIA participants must achieve a GED within two years of joining a CALPIA enterprise or training program.

On Nov. 20, CALPIA will hold a graduation ceremony at the California Institution for Women in Corona for an additional 16 CALPIA CTE participants.

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From left, (left to right) are Laborer’s Local 185 Doyle Radford, Sr., CTE participants, CALPIA CTE instructor Roy Borgerson, Associate Warden Robin Harrington.