By Julie Swisher
Fairbanks correctional center offers a number of educational programs to help inmates further their education, as well as skill training programs to help them find jobs on the outside and become successful members of society.
The Iron Workers Local 751 is working with the Fairbanks Correctional Facility this week teaching basic iron working skills. The 40 foot trailer is mobile, which gives the union an opportunity to reach a specific group of people with resources on hand. Their mission is to give inmates an opportunity that would not be offered anywhere else.
Business manager, Anthony Ladd, said, “There is nothing like it in the State of Alaska.”
The mobile trailer is helping individuals make changes that will keep them out of the system and on to bigger and better successes.
“It’s out of the box thinking and how it works it, it not only changes their attitude, just these gentleman in the three days that we were hanging out with them, the positive, the goals. They actually didn’t even know they could get a job or that anyone would take them seriously, and now they have this opportunity and actually you see them looking forward to it. The skills they get and the conversations that we are having. We’re hiring and firing people, so were telling you, you need to be on time, you need to be drug free be here and you need to be there, so they are getting a real introduction on what the job is going to be like,” said Ladd.