Oakland City University implemented the prison ministry program to eight correctional facilities in the Southern Region of Indiana in August 2012.
During the most recent Indiana State evaluations, Oakland City University's correctional education programs received a grade report of an A+ for the 2012-13 school year. Adult education instructors also received evaluation reports based on the public school RISE model. Sixteen academic and ten vocational teachers exceeded expectations for the 2012-13 school year.
Building Trades at RCF
Jun 14, 2016 at 8:56 AM
The Rockville Correctional Facility (RCF) offers many re-entry programs designed to reduce recidivism and aid in the offender’s reintegration to the community. These programs range from cognitive self-change to therapeutic communities, faith and character-based initiatives and educational opportunities.
Once such example of the latter is Building Trades, a vocational program offered to RCF offenders through Oakland City University’s (OCU) partnership with the Indiana Department of Correction. Building Trades or Building Maintenance is a 350 hour program designed to prepare the offender for transition into a post-secondary or apprenticeship program while providing industry recognized credentials.
Participants of this vocational endeavor will receive 10 hours of OSHA training and certification as well as training in over 40 areas of construction and maintenance including basic plumbing, electrical and construction. Upon completion, the offenders are eligible for a 90 day reduction in sentence; however, if you ask the current participants, you might find the dividend is worth much more than the investment of time.
OCU Building Trades instructor Don Kuk explains that the offenders not only learn the skills they need to obtain gainful employment, but they come away with a sense of pride, accomplishment and self-confidence they didn’t have before. “They’re very proud of the work they do, especially when they receive special requests from other facilities.”
Recently, the Building Trades participants at RCF completed multiple construction projects including a bookcase for the RCF Culinary Arts department, a shoe shine chair donated to another facility, computer tables used at yet another IDOC facility, and furniture made from recycled skids for another re-entry program at RCF. Their current project is a gazebo for outside the RCF recreation building. Most of these projects were completed within 1-2 weeks. Some, like the furniture and the gazebo required months of time.
RCF Celebrates 2016 Education Graduates
Jan 29, 2016 at 9:17 AM
Rockville, Indiana - (January 27, 2016) – The Rockville Correctional Facility (RCF) held a graduation for its Education and Indiana Department of Labor (IDOL) programs. The 76 graduates and their visitors and families were welcomed to the ceremony by Kara Burgess, the Education Program Director.
Ms. Burgess also introduced guest speaker Tammy L. Cooper, BS, MSM Executive Director &Founder of G.G.I.T. (Girl Get It Together), Educator, Empowerment Speaker and Life Coach. Ms. Cooper spoke about the power of positive thinking and changing for the better by taking care of yourself and making a conscious effort to be the change.
The certificates were presented to each of the TASC (Test of Adult Secondary Completion), Building Trades, Business Technology, Culinary Arts, ADOPT (Animals Depending On Prison Time) and PEN (Prison Enterprises Network) programs, the latter two being IDOL programs.
The graduates completed the “Turning of the Tassels” and were congratulated on their hard work by Superintendent Julie Stout who also thanked those in attendance for their support and presence at the ceremony.
Guests and graduates were invited to enjoy a meal prepared by the RCF Culinary Arts participants which included savory sandwiches, handmade potato chips, veggies and scrumptious carrot cake and cream cheese cupcakes.
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