Avenal prison offers career path with braille certification

Braille students at Avenal State Prison (ASP) receive marketable job skills as a way to reduce recidivism through a coordinated program consisting of:

  • Vocational/Job skills training
  • Documentation of work history
  • Access to resources provided by ASP for use in their housing units
  • Providing quality training and work opportunities for eligible incarcerated offenders that facilitates reintegration upon release.

Milestone Completion Credits are earned by each student upon completion of a certification level.  The levels designated by the Library of Congress are:

  1. Literary Braille Transcribing, Braille-LOC-Level I
  2. Literacy Proofreading, Braille-LOC-Level II
  3. Music Transcribing Braille-LOC-Level III
  4. Mathematics, Braille-LOC-Level IV
  5. Mathematics Proofreading, Braille-LOC-Level V

Requirements to participate in the Avenal Braille program include:

  • Disciplinary free for at least one year
  • Be a United States citizen or have permanent resident status
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Be willing to transfer to Facility “F”
  • Have good computer skills with no computer restrictions
  • Must have four or more years left on one’s sentence

By Lt. J. Campbell

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