Glendale Community College six-week course offered to parolees
In mid-August, the first cohort of students involved in the Glendale Community College welding pilot class completed their six-week course. It was offered to parolees from the San Fernando Valley District.
This course was a collaboration with Glendale Community College, Division of Adult Parole Operations San Fernando Valley District and the Department of Rehabilitation. Glendale Community College President David Viar and welding instructor Mark Dieny attended to congratulate the students.
In addition, Glendale City Councilwoman Paula Devine presented certificates from the city of Glendale to the students and spoke to them about their accomplishment. Also present to speak with the group and present certificates was District Representative Dominick Correy, from State Senator Anthony Portantino’s office.
The students were encouraged by all present to continue their college studies. They were offered individual assistance from the college’s office of re-entry services. The office assists formerly incarcerated students to continue their higher education.
This course was considered a great success, especially by the students – many of whom had to deal with transportation issues and other challenges to finish the class.