The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DOC) has received official approval from the State Apprenticeship Council to establish a welder/fitter Registered Apprenticeship Program at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. The program will involve preparing inmates with life sentences to become mentors for other “short-timer” inmates interested in pursuing welding and/or pipefitting careers after they are released from prison. The first of its kind in Louisiana, the program is part of an overall, statewide effort by Gov. John Bel Edwards to better prepare offenders for careers upon reentry. The initiative also is in accord with DOC’s mission of emphasizing reentry efforts, an ideal frequently emphasized by DOC Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc.
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