The California Institute for Women in Corona held a graduation ceremony recently for the first class of its new re-entry education program. The program is an apprenticeship that gives its students vocational training in carpentry and offers them an apprenticeship for construction work in south Los Angeles when they graduate.
"We have a responsibility on our side to give you an opportunity when you leave this prison to be able to succeed," said Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary James Tilton. "It is the equivalent of a college degree, and you have a huge upside to come out of here and get those jobs."
The class' main project was the construction of a new training facility for inmates at the prison, which was recently completed and is now being put to use.