By Lt. Charles Gilmore, AA/PIO

California Correctional Center

About 80 sons and daughters of California Correctional Center employees participated in the annual TakeYour Child to Work Day.

The day’s events included a tour of the outer perimeter of the California Correctional Center and High Desert State Prison aboard camp buses.

CCC Zip LineThe buses stopped at the CCC/HDSP range where the children participated in activities presented by the Crisis Response Team (CRT),  including an obstacle course for the kids and a ride on one of four zip lines set up at the range. The HDSP Canine Unit provided a demonstration of Canine Officer “Lily” in action, and the children visited the “Pups on Parole” program.

CCC Fire DepartmentThe next stop of the tour took the young visitors to the CCC Fire Department, where they saw emergency procedure demonstrations, including the extraction of a victim from a damaged vehicle. They also learned to use fire extinguishers and fire hoses.


Next, it was off to Antelope Camp for a lunch of pizza and ice cream. After lunch, the children were allowed to visit the work stations of their parents, where appropriate.

“Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day” is a public education plan that began in 1993. Its purpose is to encourage, motivate, and educate our children and to instill a positive work ethic by focusing on the value of work and to emphasize the importance of their parents’ contribution to the workforce.

For 21 years, individuals, families and workplaces have partnered together to provide this educational experience. The California Correctional Center has been proud to participate in this program to further the education of employees’ sons and daughters.