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SUPERIOR - WITC in Superior has teamed up with the Gordon Correctional Facility to start reforming some of their inmates through education and potential work.FOX 21's Morgan Kolkmeyer caught up with some of the inmates to find out what the program is all about.
WITC is providing grounds for a fresh start for those on probation, parole, and incarcerated. Fourteen individuals are taking part in a welding program -- getting their hands dirty and learn a new trade.
"Assuming all 14 graduate, we'll have roughly 74 students who've completed certificate," said Charles Glazman with WITC.
For 10 days, the trainees work from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., learning the ropes of how to be a welder.
"As many as 50 perct of them that have graduated and stayed out of trouble have found work in the area," said Glazman.
The goal is to teach the importance of a strong work ethic.
"We require attendance, on time, that they be on time, that they be engaged, and that they act accordingly." Glazman said.
They can't curse, smoke or use their cell phones while training.
"I've always had troubles getting jobs and keeping jobs, so learning a new trade would benefit me a lot," said welder Donovan Payer.
Organizers say this year's group is doing exceptionally well.
"As being incarcerated, it's a great advantage for us to better ourselves," said Payer.
This is the program's 5th year and it's common to lose one or two participants in the beginning. But the program is now halfway over and all fourteen welders are still going strong.