Montgomery County Detention Center Inmates Graduate From Industry Readiness Course
CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – 13 Montgomery County Jail inmates were recognized on June 16, 2022 by Sheriff Fuson, Deputy Deputy Joe Thomas and community stakeholders at a graduation ceremony from the industry preparation courses.
The program is part of the state’s initiative in conjunction with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office to reduce recidivism rates among people released from prison. The established program is a 48-hour hands-on education program with the desire that these men reenter society with a trade they could put to immediate use.
Some of the skills taught in the Industrial Readiness Program included: Communications, Emotional Intelligence, Glub Box and Mechanics – Core Components, OSHA 10, Relationship Building, Tuning Basics machine and teamwork in a manufacturing environment.
“This first graduation helps pave the way to success for these thirteen inmates,” Sheriff Fuson said. “The goal may be to help reduce recidivism, but there is a person behind every inmate in my custody. Many have never had the opportunity to learn a new skill, a new job, or even to understand how that skill or job can change the course of their lives. This program gives them that opportunity.
Fuson also thanked program partners: Nashville State Community College, Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS), Montgomery County Economic Development Council, Industrial Development Board (IDB), and Workforce Essentials.
“I look forward to partnering with many others who have reached out to us, to expand to other impactful programs in the near future.”
“Sheriff Fuson and I have worked to create a series of new inmate programs designed to give those reentering society after incarceration a better chance at a job or even a career. This program is the first in “a long streak ahead with our goal of reducing recidivism rates. We are fortunate to have such passionate speakers willing to lend their expertise to this program. We wish these graduates of the program the best of luck,” said Deputy -Deputy Chief Thomas.
Sheriff Fuson presented each graduate with their certificate, congratulated them and wished them well in their future endeavours.