Second Chances: Lockhart Inmates Graduate From Community College
Lara Korte, Austin American-Statesman
Tears and cheers filled the gymnasium last week at the Lockhart Correctional Facility as more than 100 family members, friends, and officers celebrated the graduation of 14 women from Austin Community College’s certified production technician program.
For the inmates, the day was not just a recognition of the hundreds of hours they put into learning a trade, but a celebration of second chances.
The class is the first of its kind to use money from a nonprofit that helps direct state and federal training dollars to educate offenders in Texas. The group, Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area, also connects the women with employers offering front-line manufacturing technician jobs.