The Motorcycle Repair course at Pocahontas State Correctional Center allows participants to engage in daily hands-on training inside a shop equipped with the tools to tackle both common and challenging mechanical issues. The course also involves textbook material where the men learn the fundamentals and functionality of different types of engines and other parts. The material also prepares them to take the Equipment & Engine Training Council’s test to become Certified Technicians. The Certified Technician certificate provides a gateway to securing employment upon reentry to the community.
“Education is the catalyst to corrective thinking and behavior,” says offender Stefan Slator. “What we think, we’re going to do. If we’re educated, we can find gainful employment in something that truly interests us and we’re liable to keep it. And from there, continue to grow and educate ourselves in these fields.”
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