Getting lives back on track with a new recipe for success

March 07, 2017

A special program teaches inmates about cooking and life skills to prepare them for jobs once they’re out of jail. At the Johnson County Adult Residential Center at New Century, instructor Erin Bassett shows Erica Puckett (left), Alecia Wherry and Rex Ball how to dice an onion. The three inmates are participating in the culinary program; Bassett is with Episcopal Community Services. Susan Pfannmuller Special to the Star

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Six Graduate from Culinary Pilot Program

December 31, 2016

The vocational training program provides basic skills for careers in the food service industry. Research suggests vocational training and life skills development decrease recidivism rates in corrections populations. Members of the first culinary class graduated Dec. 19. Pictured are: First row (program graduates): Tommy Warren, Kyle Grape, Zachariah Smith and Rigo Viera. Second row: Dawn North (soft skills instructor), Amy Gulley (resource developer), Sarah Grace Ashworth (culinary instructor), Linda Kozacek (soft skills instructor), program graduates Mary Womack and Aaron  Jenkins, Lee Jost (soft skills instructor), and Beau Heyen (director of Episcopal Community Services). Photo courtesy of Lori Sand

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