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Plant Manager Cathy Lowas began as electrician

Incarcerated man speaking to Correctional Plant Manager Cathy Lowas.
Cathy Lowas speaks with an incarcerated student.

Lowas was recruited by Avenal State Prison employee

Cathy Lowas is often described as a force of nature. A journeyman electrician in the private sector, she wasn’t exposed to CDCR until she was called to work on a job site helping build what would become the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility at Corcoran.

(Editor’s note: Public Service Recognition Week is May 7-13. See the memo below.)

Then, in 2007, a state electrician recruited her to join the work family at Avenal State Prison, where she has remained ever since.

Lowas has excelled in an otherwise male-dominated field, mainly due to her drive.

When she started with the state, she set a personal goal to promote to the Plant Manager’s chair in 15 years. She achieved it after 13 years, becoming the Correctional Plant Manager at Avenal State Prison.

She credits her parents as being great role models, instilling a strong work ethic. And when it comes to retiring, Lowas said she loves her job too much to even think about it.

Video and story by Jeff Baur, TV Director (Specialist)

Public Service Recognition Week memo

To our dedicated employees, Public Service Recognition Week is an opportunity for us to recognize your hard work and celebrate your achievements. We hope you take a moment to reflect on your contributions to your community and feel proud of the important role you play in public safety and rehabilitation.

This week and all year long, we honor you for your service to the citizens of California. CDCR and CCHCS leadership recognize that your work is not always easy, and you face many challenges in your chosen profession. You should be proud of your hard work and dedication.

We are grateful for all that you do, and we want you to know your efforts do not go unnoticed.

Jeff Macomber, Secretary, CDCR
J. Clark Kelso, Receiver, CCHCS

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