Sheriff Chuck Wright and other officials honored the first class of inmates at the Spartanburg County Detention Center to complete the Operation Education program at the facility during a graduation ceremony on Wednesday.
The program gives inmates access to educational materials and resources from Spartanburg Community College to help give inmates “the job skills and workplace habits necessary to gain employment and keep a job,” according to a news release.
The release stated that most inmates at the county jail are unemployed and have less than a high school education.
Participating inmates get training in several areas, including small engine repair, landscaping, and manufacturing.
Employers in the selected fields are willing to hire Operation Education graduates once they are released from jail, the release stated
The program also focuses on worker characteristics such as punctuality and cooperation with co-workers, and provides readiness training, which includes tips on grooming and interview skills.
Officials said Operation Education could “save taxpayers money by reducing the jail population,” have a major impact on the lives of the participating inmates, and “even have a dramatic effect on the families of those inmates, setting a new pattern of employment for their children.”
Operation Education is made possible with partnerships between the Spartanburg County Detention Center, Spartanburg Community College, the Upstate Workforce Investment Board, Vocational Rehabilitation, and SC Works Upstate.
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