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Fairbank’s Electronic Monitoring Food Service Job Training

On October 23, 2015, Fairbanks Electronic Monitoring participants’ Michael Dark and Katherine Eisenman and probationer Andrea Moutrey completed Tier 1 of the Food Service Job Training program offered by Bread Line Inc. This 12 week long “Stones Throw” program is the first of two Tiers with final graduation expected in mid-December. Probation officer’s Ron Winkelman and Zoe Sutton look forward to attending this important moment in their lives as well. Participants attend class Monday through Friday for approximately 6 hours each day. Not only do they learn culinary skills, but learn life skills that help them to reenter society as employable and better rounded individuals. Without the financial cooperation of Vocational Rehabilitation, this type of training for these individuals would be difficult to obtain. Thank you to Jennifer Jolis, Executive Director, and Chef Sara Sedriks for your support and guidance in this valuable program.

Congratulations to Michael, Katherine, and Andrea!

Photo of Food Services Job Training Program

Inmates at SCCC Woodshop Craft Model Firetruck Replica for a Firefighters Training Event

The skillful craftsmanship of four inmates at the Spring Creek Correctional Center woodshop produced this model of a firetruck for the Annual Firefighter Conference. Inmates Donald Seek, Carl Abhul, Kirby Anthoney, and Randall Smith created and donated this auction item made at the SCCC woodshop. Note the intricate wood detail from a replica of the 1933 Seagrave fire truck. Notice also the ivory steering wheel, stick shifter and pike pole (on the side).

The joint 2015 Alaska State Firefighters Association and Alaska Fire Chiefs Association (ASFA/AFCA) annual conference was held this year in Seward, Alaska, from September 28th through October 3rd. The conference provides training and education to Alaska’s emergency responders. This handcrafted truck was sold in a silent auction held during the Awards Banquet for this event.

July 2015 HMCC Graduation

Congratulations to the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center GED/Vocation Graduates. This HMCC Graduation Vocation Programs included: Plumbing, Electrical, and Carpentry/Scaffolding courses awarded by Ilisagvik College. Certificates for six Apprenticeships and ten Pre-Apprenticeships were awarded through the US Department of Labor and the Alaska Vocational Technical Education Center (AVTEC). Hiland Mountain also celebrated the completion of six GED exams; the HMCC GED program is measured by the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and the GED Ready Practice Tests.

2015 RSAT Graduation

Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) is one of the many rehabilitative programs currently offered at PCC. The dedicated RSAT staff provides services to 60 inmates at any given time. In addition to the basic RSAT program, PCC’s RSAT program includes 16 mentors, a pre-treatment and graduate program.

PCC Medium will soon be launching a new Dual Diagnosis program for those who have mental health needs as well as substance abuse treatment needs. PCC will soon be offering Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment (IOPSAT) formerly known as LSSAT, for those who have outpatient level needs.

The RSAT program is a unique integrated program that previously used the Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT) model. They are currently in the process of transitioning their program to the Hazeldon curriculum to offer an even more dynamic approach to meeting treatment needs. This integrated approach includes placing more senior clients in roles with responsibility such as senior resident, group facilitator, and/or mentorship positions in order to help build personal pride and accountability as well as problem solving and leadership skills.

After completing the RSAT program many inmates choose to stay and participate in either the graduate program or give back to the therapeutic community by working as a mentor or facilitator.

RSAT helps inmates to address many of the rehabilitative needs identified in their Offender Management Plans (OMP). It also helps to prepare them for a more successful transition to the community.

RSAT graduations are big events that occur on a quarterly basis and an enjoyed by all staff whether or not they are involved in the RSAT program. Our most recent graduation presented 22 graduates; however, a total of 45 prisoners were successful, many of whom had already received a furlough or electronic monitoring placement. Graduations are a time to celebrate successes and encourage continued healthy practices.

RSAT Staff:
Mr. Daniel Davis Program Director
Ms. Valerie Demientieff Primary Counselor
Mr. Sean Culp Primary Counselor
Ms. Kerri Pittman Primary Counselor
Ms. Echo Wyche Primary Counselor
Ms. Amanda Semenza Floor Counselor

-RSAT Program Overview: Composed by POII Jessica Smith