For Immediate Release - November 10, 2016

Baker-Polito Administration Opens Inmate Automotive and Job Training Program

MILFORD – November 10, 2016 – Today, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito presided over the grand opening of the new Automotive Technology Program for the Baker-Polito Administration’s Department of Correction (DOC). The Automotive Technology Program was developed to provide inmates with skills and certifications that they can use to gain employment upon their release back into the community.

“Through this innovative program, inmates will develop the skills they will need to get their foot in the door of an automotive repair facility upon release,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Along the way, they will develop crucial elements for success such as learning to work with others as part of a team and the tools to support themselves and their families.”

Lt. Governor Polito spoke with inmates enrolled in the program while touring the facilities, which are located at DOC headquarters.

“Making the successful transition from incarceration back into society is fraught with challenges, not the least of which is bridging the skills gap,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “This program helps inmates prepare for a successful and productive life and career within their communities.”

Inmates enrolled in this program will work in an automotive repair garage atmosphere and become familiar with the tools of the auto repair trade and terminology used in the automotive field. This 10-month program will provide students with instruction in basic repair and preventative maintenance of vehicles. Students will be taught procedures on shop operation, safety, tool usage and looking up vehicle service data and specifications.

“We are pleased to put this program into place at no cost to taxpayers through the Massachusetts Correctional Industries (MassCor) program,” said Public Safety Secretary Dan Bennett. “This Administration and MassCor recognize the value this endeavor provides – including skills for those returning to society so they can be successful and support their families upon release.”

“The Automotive Technology Program formed by the Department of Correction and the Baker-Polito Administration is a great opportunity to give inmates practical vocational skills that will help them upon their release,” said State Senator Ryan Fattman. “Programs like this can help former inmates reintegrate into society and reduce recidivism.”

“I am very pleased to join Lt. Governor Polito, Secretary Bennett and Commissioner Turco at the grand opening of the Department of Corrections Auto Repair Vocational School at the Milford DOC facility,” said State Representative John Fernandes. “If we are to reduce the high recidivism rate of thirty percent of the people who have made mistakes, paid their dues by confinement, and are going back to our communities, then we need to provide transitional skills including critical employment skills that provide an opportunity to return as productive and invested members of society. That means developing in house DOC educational and vocational programs like this one that do just that.”

Students will also receive OSHA 10 General Industries training to obtain an OSHA certification card. Instructional delivery includes presentations, and hands-on practice. During the course, students will also earn a Mobile Air Conditioning (MACS) Certification; a Certificate of Completion which will list the amount of hours spent in the program, and will prepare participants to take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) General 1 test for Auto Maintenance and Light Repair.