New jail program trains inmates in food service

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Updated: 7/16/2013 3:16 pm Published: 7/16/2013 3:15 pm

The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office partnered with ARAMARK for a new educational program at the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center.

The “IN2WORK” program is a multiphase course designed to teach qualified inmates transferable skills in food service.

Inmates will learn these skills in a series of three phases: training them in kitchen basics, retail basics, and ServSafe education. These new sets of skills will also be a benefit for inmates when they re-enter society and are looking for work.

The first class began Monday, July 15 and will continue for 60 business days. The first class of students has seven qualified inmates. Each class can have up to ten inmates participating.

To qualify, inmates must be at least 18 years old, must be working towards a GED or High School Diploma, have no physical or medical conditions, must be interviewed by the instructor, and have a strong interest in the food service industry.

After successfully completing the training participants may be eligible to receive training and participate in the National Restaurant Association ServSafe Certification. If they pass the exam, those participants will be ServSafe qualified for 5 years. All inmates will be required to pass all exams with a minimum score of 75%.

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