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Posted on: October 13, 2016

Four candidates set to graduate from In2Work

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Four candidates set to graduate from In2Work
Four candidates are scheduled to graduate from the Cleveland County Detention Center’s In2Work, a program that not only gives inmates job skills but a food handler’s permit once they complete the course and are released from jail.
The graduation ceremony will be 11 a.m. Oct. 14, at the Cleveland County Detention Center, 2550 W. Franklin Road, in Norman.
CCDC was the first facility in the state to offer the program when it debuted in 2013. In2Work takes about 90 days to complete.
Brandi Allen, ARAMARK food services director, said at Friday’s ceremony, In2Work team members will prepare a full-course meal which will be judged by both ARAMARK Corporation and detention hierarchy as their final presentation. At that time, each In2work team member will speak about their training and what best practices they have learned throughout the course of the program.
“This is a truly the special part of the program where the In2work team members’ loved ones can see the positive side of their sentence,” Allen said.
Allen said students who completed the course gained hands-on work experience in a kitchen setting including personal hygiene and safety, scullery, sanitation, fruit and vegetable preparation, meat and sandwich preparation, bakery and pastry preparation and dining room operations. Class work consisted of kitchen management, retail management, inventory, food costs and menu and recipe generation.
Detention Chief Barbara McSwain said it’s never easy for former inmates to find a job after being in trouble with the law.
“Here at the F. Dewayne Beggs Detention Center, we want to step up and provide some opportunities for our inmates to make changes in their lives,” McSwain said. “We have programs to not only help overcome addictions, but that teach basic education and life skills. We also have several spiritual support groups.”
McSwain said the In2Work program is designed to teach a skill and provides hands on training and certification in preparation for culinary jobs. She hopes the graduates from this latest training class will take what they have learned and apply it in their own lives.
She said “I have asked other classes, ‘how cool would it be to one day own your own business, whether it be a food truck, or a large restaurant? How cool would it be to be able to give a leg up to someone else who has walked the same path you have, or better yet, prevent them from going down that path by giving them a job and mentor that person?”
Sheriff Joe Lester said In2Work gives inmates confidence and job skills needed to turn their lives around and become productive citizens.
“Each person who enrolls and graduates from this program takes the first steps to leaving the criminal world behind and turning their lives around for the better,” Lester said. “In2Work can lead to great opportunities for offenders and help them reach success.”
Any questions regarding this press release and/or information can be addressed to Meghan Jackson, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, community liaison/public information officer. Jackson can be reached at (405) 701-8847.

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