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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.

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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.

OCU Students at IWP Participate in Thanksgiving Food Preparations

Dec 1, 2015 at 4:20 PM

Indianapolis, Indiana – (December 1, 2015) – Indiana Women’s Prison (IWP) offenders continued its long practiced tradition of assisting with preparing food for Thanksgiving to those less fortunate, thanks to the approval of Superintendent Steve McCauley and Oakland City University staff Ted Pearson and Lydia Stephens.

This practice has occurred for over twenty five (25) years and began with Thelma (Momma) Turner and continues with her niece Janet Easley.

OCU Indiana Re-entry Educational Facility (IREF) Culinary Arts Teacher Mr. Dennis Brady worked diligently three (3) days November 23-25th  from early morning to late in the evenings with the assistance Culinary Arts and IN2Work offenders and a few IREF, IWP and OCU staff to complete this monumental task. Approximately 300 turkeys and 100 large pans of dressing were prepared and cooked for the Annual thanksgiving event that occurred at the Watkins Family Community Center.

This annual event grows larger each year with the support and assistance Mr. Brady, Ms. Vaughan Aramark Supervisor, and IREF staff, offenders and IWP staff. The gift of giving is overwhelming.

This year The Watkins Family Community Center was able to provide meals to approximately 9,500 individuals at the Watkins Community Center and three (3) church locations all thanks to the donations and assistance of volunteers.

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