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Four candidates graduated Friday 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 luncheon took place Friday 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 the four graduates 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. At Friday’s ceremony, In2Work team members prepared a full-course meal which was judged by both ARAMARK Corporation and detention hierarchy as their final presentation. At that time, each In2work team member spoke about the training and what best practices they have learned throughout the course of the program. Jess Turnbow said he enrolled in In2Work because he knew it would help him with employment opportunities in the food industry. “I’ve always liked to cook,” Turnbow said. “I thought this would be beneficial to me when I get out.” Sheriff Joe Lester said In2Work gives inmates confidence and job skills needed to turn their lives around and become productive citizens. “Each person who graduated today took the first steps to leaving the criminal world,” Lester said. “This program can lead to great opportunities as long as these graduates are willing to stay on the right path.” 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.