Oklahoma welding program lets inmates forge job options for life after prison

BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.comSeven men dressed in matching blue jeans and tan button-up shirts gathered Thursday to graduate from a welding program that is the first of its kind in Oklahoma.
They were trained by local teachers, given space and equipment by local businesses and received employment assistance from a local nonprofit — a collaborative effort to help them get something thousands of Oklahomans need every year: a job after incarceration.
Convicted of crimes ranging from burglary to drug possession, the inmates at the Oklahoma City Community Corrections Center are a few months from their release dates.
They are the first to finish a welding certification program that is a partnership between the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and local businesses and organizations, funded by a U.S. Department of Labor grant.
"This eliminates the felon question (on a job application)," Greg Dewald, a superintendent at CareerTech and one of the welding program managers, told the men.Read more on NewsOK.com

BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com

Seven men dressed in matching blue jeans and tan button-up shirts gathered Thursday to graduate from a welding program that is the first of its kind in Oklahoma.

They were trained by local teachers, given space and equipment by local businesses and received employment assistance from a local nonprofit — a collaborative effort to help them get something thousands of Oklahomans need every year: a job after incarceration.

Convicted of crimes ranging from burglary to drug possession, the inmates at the Oklahoma City Community Corrections Center are a few months from their release dates.

They are the first to finish a welding certification program that is a partnership between the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and local businesses and organizations, funded by a U.S. Department of Labor grant.

"This eliminates the felon question (on a job application)," Greg Dewald, a superintendent at CareerTech and one of the welding program managers, told the men.
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