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Wade Frank Harting - Skills Centers

Skills Center graduate Wade Frank Harting earns licenses in HVAC and electricity while incarcerated and lands 'dream job' upon release.

THEN: An offender wanting to develop marketable skills so he could get a job upon release from Lexington Correctional Center. Two programs—Heat, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Electrical Trades—at the CareerTech Skills Center, along with electricity instructor Cecil Wainscott, helped Frank

  • Graduate from the Skills Center, earning both HVAC and Unlimited Electrician licenses.
  • Work, while incarcerated, as a maintenance apprentice—earning enough hours to complete an apprenticeship and take the journeyman test.
  • Realize people were there to support and mentor him as a student, a job seeker and a friend.

NOW: Frank is home, living close to his son, in a job he identified early on as his "dream job." A maintenance technician at the Stillwater Medical Center, Frank works in an organization that supports its employees and believes in continuing education so he can work toward his new goal: increasing his knowledge and ability to contribute.

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