By Therese M. Giannelli, Community Resources Manager
California State Prison-Sacramento
Lee Shaver, CTE (Career Technical Education) Instructor, recently welcomed 10 eager students to the opening of the new CTE Construction Technology class at California State Prison, Sacramento.
On hand for the first day of class were Therese Giannelli, Community Resource Manager; Dale Hamad, Principal; and Ken Spencer, Vice Principal. The event marked the culmination of more than a year of planning and coordination between the Granite Adult School, the Office of Correctional Education and SAC management.
The program is located in C-Facility where they are in the process of unpacking and staging the equipment. The program is entirely indoors, making it ideal for a high-security institution. On the first day, students eagerly looked through the core text, anticipating the subjects they would delve into. They peppered the instructor with questions about what they would be learning, when they could start unpacking all the boxes and how long the program would take to complete.
This is a privilege assignment. The inmates must be gate-pass cleared, have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency and express an interest in the program. Inmates are encouraged to complete some of the Office Services and Technology or Computer Literacy classes. The variety of skills taught in CTE Construction Technology make it an ideal introduction to the industry.
Students with a parole date should be well equipped to make a good choice of additional training when they reach a re-entry hub, according to organizers.
Graduates who stay in the institution are qualified for a number of available jobs.
The class is CSP-Sacramento’s first new vocational program in five years.
It gives inmates the opportunity to learn a variety of construction trades and building maintenance skills in preparation for NCCER (National Center for Construction Education & Research) certification and further training. After certification in Orientation, Basic Safety and Introduction to Construction Math, students learn the basics of using hand tools, power tools, blueprints, basic rigging, communication and employable skills.
Certifications are available as a Construction Helper and a Construction Craft Helper.
Students learn about electrical safety, commercial and industrial wiring, masonry, drain, waste and vent systems, new technology, masonry units and installation techniques, placing concrete, finishing, plastic pipe and fittings, copper pipe and fittings, floor systems, wall and ceiling framing, roof framing site layout, exterior finishing, roofing applications, stairs and new technology.
The Construction Technology class has been a highly anticipated and welcome addition to the programming at CSP-Sacramento, according to organizers.