Georgia might have found a way to help solve two problems at once thanks to a new program where the Technical College System of Georgia helps teach inmates how to weld.
Georgia is in desperate need of welders, and like the rest of the country, we‘re fighting to curb recidivism—the rate of inmates going back to prison after being released. This program could help begin to solve each of those issues.
The basic gist of the program is a 150-hour class wherein those who complete it receive an AW certified welding certificate and they’ll leave prison as certified welders in 3G and 4G, stick, and flux core.
Currently there are three correctional institutions taking part, with one each in Carroll, Coweta, and Spalding County. Carroll County has had 20 inmates complete the program, with eight having been released from prison and four of those having found welding jobs in Georgia.
Coweta County has 16 currently in class.