Career Tech training returning to BJCC

 

September 29, 2017

Marione Martin

BJCC Warden Becky Guffy imparts good news to the prision's advisory board Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Warden Becky Guffy told the Bill Johnson Correctional Center (BJCC) Advisory Board some welcome news. The facility will soon be offering vocational training to offenders. Instruction will be in heating, air conditioning and plumbing. Only those at BJCC for longer sentences will be enrolled due to the training time involved.

Those who complete the course will have logged 480 hours and will have their apprenticeship cards. Guffy said the program will be offered to delayed sentencing inmates.

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education is advertising for an instructor at BJCC. Guffy said they will be looking for someone not only with required skills but also truly interested in helping the offenders.

BJCC is also looking at some 30 day training opportunities for offenders. Guffy said these might be skills like forklift operation and carpentry.

She said the goal is for offenders to leave BJCC with a GED, no felony record and training for a career.

October GED Graduation

BJCC has an "awesome speaker" lined up for the next GED graduation, Guffy said. The Oct. 13 ceremony will include about 70 graduates.

David Littleson, the Oct. 13 speaker, was an inmate at James Crabtree Correctional Center in Helena. He is now with Urban Farmhouse in Oklahoma City. The company started working with old wood to make furniture and decorative items. The company employs a number of former inmates. Their motto is "Reclaimed Furniture Made by Reclaimed People."

Job Openings

In addition to the usual entry level jobs available at BJCC, Guffy said they are looking for a drug and alcohol counselor, a secretary to the deputy warden and a construction/maintenance administrator.

 

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