Vocational Program Expands to Eaton County Jail

Vocational programming at KPEP continues to grow with the launch of the Eaton WRAP program located at the Eaton County Jail. Through WRAP – which stands for Westside Residential Alternative Program – participants learn skills in culinary arts and hospitality while also earning valuable certifications employers desire. Specifically, participants who complete the program earn OSHA 10 certification, intended to equip workers to recognize and prevent hazards in a general industry setting, and ServSafe Food Handler, designed to certify food service employees in areas of basic food safety. Successful students will also receive a certificate for Adult First Aid/CPR/AED, which prepares them to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies involving adults.

The vocational training component utilizes the START (Skills, Tasks, and Results Training) curriculum as the foundation of the program. This curriculum was developed by the American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute and is recognized as the preeminent leader in hospitality certification.

After successful completion of the 16-week program, each student selects one of the following areas in which to specialize and receive their certification: Front Desk Representative, Kitchen Cook, Guestroom Attendant, Maintenance Employee, Breakfast Attendant or Restaurant Server.

Job skills and certifications are not the only focus of the program.

Participants also take part in Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) and Courage To Change. MRT utilizes the cognitive behavioral approach to treatment that promotes positive growth. It is a 12-step process beginning with honesty and trust, addressing problematic behavior, and encouraging the establishment of goals for change. This program is geared toward recognizing criminal thinking and establishing an action plan to address it before it becomes criminal behavior. Our participants at Eaton have acknowledged the importance of recognizing their problematic behavior.

Courage To Change (CTC) workbooks allow participants the ability to address areas in their lives that require change, including substance use, family ties, peer relationships, self-control and responsible thinking, and social values. These workbooks provide the tools they need in order to work through these problem areas in an effective and responsible manner. While each client may not complete every book, they still have the opportunity to learn through others’ presentations. The lasting impact of this curriculum is reflected in the relationships they have with their family and friends and how their behavior and thinking directly affects their success in life.

This program has served 57 individuals resulting in 19 successful discharges to date.  We look forward to the continued success and growth of both the program and the individuals who complete it.