Photo Gallery | 15 Inmates Complete Job-Skills Assessment Program, Personal Growth Program
A total of 15 inmates at the Lexington County Detention Center will graduate at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 11 from a job-skills assessment program and personal growth program that the inmates successfully completed while the inmates were housed at the Detention Center.
Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said a graduation ceremony will be conducted for the 15 inmates at a courtroom that is adjacent to the front entrance of the Detention Center at the Lexington County James R. Metts Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington. Seven inmates successfully completed the job-skills assessment program, while eight inmates successfully completed the faith-based, personal growth program.
Inmates John Miller, Kyleef Richardson, Rudolph Scipio, Mark Stevens, Julius McCrea, Ricky McField and Darrell Arthur successfully completed the WorkKeys job-skills assessment program while being housed at the Detention Center, Metts said. ACT administers the job-skills assessment program. ACT provides educational testing and workforce development services across the United States.
Adult education teachers conducted the job-skills assessment program for inmates at the Detention Center in partnership with Lexington County School District Two and Lexington County School District Four, Metts said. The job-skills assessment program was conducted at no cost to the Sheriff’s Department.
The WorkKeys program enables inmates to demonstrate to prospective employers that the inmates have the necessary skills to perform particular jobs, Metts said.
The WorkKeys program also provides inmates with information about jobs that would best fit their skills, Metts said. In addition, inmates who complete the job-skills assessment program learn about additional training and skill development that they should undertake in order to enhance their opportunities to obtain full-time employment after they are released from jail.
Inmates Beverly Langston, Gwen Vandalen, Albert Wallace, Gary Davis, Edmond Levy, Juan Arroyo, Steven Bradley and Bernard Burgess successfully completed In Pursuit of Happiness while being housed at the Detention Center, Metts said. In Pursuit of Happiness is a faith-based, personal growth program.
The goal of the In Pursuit of Happiness program is to teach inmates how to understand psychological needs and other factors that can result in criminal behavior, Metts said. During the program, inmates learn about basic psychological needs that influence human behavior and learn how to responsibly satisfy their basic psychological needs without resorting to criminal behavior.
The WorkKeys job-skills assessment program and In Pursuit of Happiness personal growth program reflect the Sheriff’s Department mission of providing professional law enforcement services that enhance the quality of life for all people in Lexington County, Metts said.