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Inmates earn certifications at the Okaloosa Correctional Institution through NWFSC Corrections Program

This summer, twenty-six inmates from the Okaloosa County Correctional Institution earned skilled trade certifications through Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC).  The NWFSC Corrections Program is a 6-month trades training program that offers industry […]

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This summer, twenty-six inmates from the Okaloosa County Correctional Institution earned skilled trade certifications through Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC). 

  • The NWFSC Corrections Program had fourteen who received the Heavy Equipment Machinery certification and twelve who received the Carpentry certification.

The NWFSC Corrections Program is a 6-month trades training program that offers industry certifications to inmates. Students become eligible and are selected in the program once they approach their anticipated release date.  After successfully finishing the program, inmates earn industry certifications in OSHA 10, NCCER Certifications in Core, Construction Safety, Heavy Equipment 1, or Carpentry 1. 

  • “This program embodies NWFSC’s commitment to providing opportunities for education and skill development to all individuals,” said Dr. Devin Stephenson. “These accomplishments underscore the transformative power of education and the potential for positive change and a brighter future.”

The Okaloosa Correctional Institutiona level V facility that houses approximately 900 adult male inmates, is in Crestview. Offenders can receive substance abuse treatment, earn their GED, and earn certifications through programs such as the NWFSC Trades Training Program while incarcerated at the facility.

One Response

  1. Absolutely !! People are capable of Far more, especially if they get a push in the right direction. There needs to be more programs like this that actually Help inmates re-enter society with an honest, legal means to support themselves and their families. Very Proud of the people who did the work and got their certifications. The world will work better if we can effectively help each other get better !!

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