Impact Georgia Magazine April - Page 6


•Accredited 4 year, bachelor level program

•Available to male and female offenders

•Established in 2006

•Located at Phillips State Prison and Whitworth Women’s Facility

•Graduates of program

are utilized to support facility chaplain

through religious services and mentoring of


• There have been 58 graduates from the

program so far and GDC looks to grow that

number into 2019

Ashland University

In FY19, GDC began a partnership with Ashland University (AU), a fully accredited brick and mortar university, to provide post- secondary education courses to offenders at Dooly State Prison (SP), Smith SP, and Whitworth Women’s Facility.

In the fall semester, approximately 50 offenders at each site, who were deemed eligible for the Federal Second Chance Pell Grant, began utilizing a learning management system on the JPAY GOAL device as their primary method for course participation. Due to the success of the initial program implementation, we expanded the program to Lee SP, Hancock SP, and Pulaksi SP beginning Spring Semester of January 2019.

By Lori Benoit |

Colwell Hosts Culinary Graduation

Eight Detainees Graduate

On March 29, the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC), in partnership with the North Georgia Technical College (NGTC) Adult Education WIOA grant program, hosted a Culinary graduation, during which eight detainees were presented certificates in ServSafe Management.

The ceremony was held at the NGTC Blairsville Campus, and represented the culmination of a 10-week culinary program for detainees housed at Colwell Probation Detention Center (PDC).

“We are grateful for our partnership with NGTC that provides detainees an opportunity to earn vocational programming while incarcerated,” said Commissioner Timothy C. Ward. “The detainees are now equipped with the skills needed to transition back into society.”

The culinary program is taught by a NGTC instructor, and provides participants with the knowledge and skills to become certified as ServSafe Managers. ServSafe is a food and beverage safety training and certificate program administered by the National Restaurant Association.

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