The Department of Corrections and Davis Technical College (DTC) celebrated the achievements of 85 men and women, who received vocational training certifications from the college during their incarceration. For each graduate, this hard-earned certificate offers one of the surest ways to avoid a return to prison.
At the Timpanogos Facility graduation, 14 women received certificates in either Culinary Arts or Business Technology at the July 18 graduation ceremony. At the Wasatch facility, 71 men received certificates on July 20 in one of the following programs: Welding, Business Technology, Automotive, and Culinary Arts.
“Graduation is an exciting time for us and our students,” said Mary Crawford, Corrections Manager with DTC. “Helping them to overcome obstacles in their lives is rewarding and fulfilling. Give a man a fish and he eats today, train him to how to fish and he eats for a lifetime.”
In order to graduate, DTC requires completion of 900 credit hours to 1380 credit hours. Many graduates go on to complete additional training at the college once they are released from prison.
“We are teaching our students lifelong skills in areas that they can get a job to support themselves and their families and lead a life as law abiding citizens,” said Crawford.
Inmates participating in DTC's vocational programs must cover half the tuition ($1,500 FY2017) either with their own funds and/or with low-interest student loans. The other half of the tuition is covered through a telephone fee. To be eligible for enrollment, an inmate must already have graduated from high school or completed a GED program.
Davis Applied Technology College has provided vocational training at the prison since 2010. Since 2013, over 350 inmates have graduated with their certificates.
- Public Information Office, July 26, 2017