After Louis Frazier graduated from the Folsom State Prison CALPIA program, he landed a job manufacturing light rail vehicles.
Frazier took the CALPIA Metal Fabrication and Computer-Aided Design (Auto-CAD) programs, giving him the skills to work for Siemens Mobility.
Frazier learned Auto-CAD through CALPIA, working side-by-side with engineers. While in CALPIA’s Metal Fabrication, he learned metal sheeting along with operating and programming the Turret Punch Press, brake presses, and laser cutting systems. Frazier also completed CALPIA’s Essential Skills for the Workbook program and said it was beneficial to his success.
He is grateful for the real-world skills he learned from CALPIA’s staff. Frazier now has seven years of job training he can take back to his community.
“I am so grateful. I got a full-time career with Siemens Mobility as soon as I came back home and then I was able to get housing on my own. All the skills I learned through CALPIA are now utilized in my job. I have incredible benefits and the possibilities of climbing up the career ladder are endless,” said Frazier.
Submitted by Michele Kane, Chief of External Affairs
California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA)