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Success Stories

Success stories of offenders who received training and/or certifications while incarcerated that enabled them to be successful in their community and workplace.

CareerTech Skills Centers - News Releases

Shawnquise Gatewood - Mabel Bassett Skills Center

Rusty Smith - Jim E. Hamilton Skills Center

Kalli Watkins - Eddie Warrior Skills Center

Gina Crawford - Eddie Warrior Skills Center

Christy VanCleave - Muddy Paws/Skills Center

Katherine Burch - Mabel Bassett Skills Center

Wade Frank Harting - Lexington Skills Center

Donna Hanning - Mabel Bassett Skills Center

Skills Centers Videos

Muddy Paws - Prisoners Pamper Pooches

Muddy Paws Grooming gives women who have criminal pasts a second chance to succeed in life outside the prison gates.

Empowerment Through Skills Training

CareerTech skills centers provide offenders with occupational training that empowers them to find jobs after release and become productive citizens.

Second Chance at Life

A four-time felon and former inmate turns her life around thanks to skills training she received while behind bars.

Dogs of Lexington

Inmates train unadoptable dogs for placement with senior citizens, families and facilities like the Norman Veterans Center.

Sinners to Saints

Oklahoma CareerTech’s Skills Centers offer educational programs designed to keep the prison gate from becoming a revolving door.

Youthful Offender Program

Lowering our state's recidivism rate is the goal of the youthful offenders program in Oklahoma. Breaking the cycle of crime and punishment while also providing trained workers for high growth and high demand jobs.

Prison Redemption - Life After Incarceration

For skills center students, finding employment can be challenging but there is help. Skills center staff work closely with WorkForce Oklahoma, local agencies and faith and community-based organizations to secure employment for graduates upon release to the local community.

First Female Electricians to Graduate - Mabel Bassett Skills Center

Three of the new electricians have life sentences; the other is up for parole in 2012. This educational achievement not only benefits the inmates, but also impacts the state.

Jim E. Hamilton Skills Center

Oklahoma established the first inmate training facility in the nation in 1971 thanks to a vision of Oklahoma lawmaker Jim E. Hamilton.

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