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Inmates Chart Path to Good Jobs with CAD Training

August 19, 2015

By Will Mader,

DOC Communications

(Will Mader, Digital Communications Specialist)

ABERDEEN – Dozens of inmates at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center are earning certificates in computer assisted design that can help them land good jobs when they get out of prison.

The prison, in conjunction with Grays Harbor College, offers inmates certificates in technical design and computer numerical control. At any given time, around 40 inmates are enrolled in courses aimed at earning those certificates.

Farshid Mirzaei, a Grays Harbor College instructor who teaches the inmates, says inmates can land jobs that start out at $15 an hour when they leave prison. He had one student who recently got a job that paid $25 an hour.

The one-year program provides inmates enough skills “so that if they want to continue in any field of engineering, architectural or industrial drafting or design they can continue and get a job,” Mirzaei said.

Daniel Fiscus, an inmate going through the training, said “everyone needs this type of skill. When I get out, I’m pretty confident I’ll be pretty marketable to get a decent job.”