Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) building trades rehabilitation program notched another success on June 22 with the graduation of 19 more inmates.
CDCR administrators joined by state and local union representatives held a ceremony for inmates and their families who were invited to attend the graduation of the inmates that had completed the Building Trades’ Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3).
As part of a pre-apprenticeship program, the 19 graduates received classroom education and hands-on training on construction-related activities. To qualify for the program, each inmate must have a high school diploma or be in the process of completing their General Education Development.
The vocational instruction provided by Sheet Metal Local Union #104 provides each graduate an apprenticeship orientation with entry level education in health and safety, CPR and First Aid, Blueprint reading, construction management, heritage of the American worker, and industry awareness and opportunities in the crafts.
Each student must attend four hours of classroom training and 36 hours of field training per week and must complete 128 hours of classroom training to receive a certificate of completion.
The pre-apprenticeship program at CCWF was started on May 14, 2014, and has graduated four classes, including the recent 19 graduates. CCWF continues to be a prime component in the MC3 program with 67 inmates successfully completing the challenging curriculum to date.
Jamie Harrison, a CCWF inmate and MC3 graduate, was the keynote speaker, delivering an inspirational message about her journey on learning to become personally accountable and taking control of one’s own life.
She thanked Warden Janel Espinoza, the Inmate Ward Labor (IWL) program and the Building Trades Council for allowing her graduating class the opportunity to earn this award.
MC3’s balance of classroom education and practical application equips each student with the tools necessary to be successful in the construction field.
Deborah Hysen, CDCR’s Director of Facility Planning, Construction and Management, spoke about the quality of the work provided by the graduates in projects they are building through IWL and of the many opportunities that exist for females in the construction industry.
Bob Jennings, Northern California Regional Director of the SBCTC and CDCR’s statewide Director, advocated for more women in the construction industry and reinforces the support and active recruitment of females.
This ceremony is not only a special day for each graduate but also an important milestone for these women as they further the effort in bridging the gap for females in the construction industry.