2-4 County Prisoners to Learn Cooking in 12-Week ARAMARK Courses

Old McHenry County Courthouse on the Woodstock Square.

It used to be that “trustees” used to clean the old Courthouse. That was under Sheriff John Carroll, who served while I was Country Treasurer.

After the courthouse closed, trusted inmates would be sweeping the floors and generally cleaning up.

That was when the Sheriff’s wife cooked the meals, something of a perk I assume. She must have made something from such work.

Now Sheriff Keith Nygren is touting how his department is going to teach inmates how to be cooks. The press release is below:

Sheriff’s Office Corrections Facility will begin 11/1 offering new Food Prep (IN2WORK) program to sentenced Inmates

Sheriff Keith Nygren has announced that beginning November 1, 2010 the McHenry County Correctional Facility will offer a new, unique vocational training program called IN2WORK (I2W).

I2W has been developed and is being taught by the Correctional Facility’s foodservice provider ARAMARK. The training provides hands-on and classroom training in proper food preparation skills.

I2W is a 12 week program that ARAMARK Correctional Services created to help its clients provide non-violent offenders with valuable training and work experience in a commercial kitchen.

McHenry County Jail.

There are three phases to this program which cover

  • Kitchen Basics,
  • Retail Basics, and
  • ServSafe.

After successful completion of coursework and all exams, participants in this program will receive ARAMARK and ServSafe certifications.

ARAMARK Correctional Services created IN2WORK to address clients’ concern about dwindling funding for vocational training and leverage its expertise in preparing healthy and nutritious meals within a commercial kitchen.

Currently there are 68 I2W programs nationally with over 1,000 inmates currently enrolled.

Over the course of 12 weeks, IN2WORK Instructor and ARAMARK Food Service Director

Shawn King will provide classroom instruction and supervise the students as they gain practical and applicable work experience helping prepare the 1,500 meals served daily at the Corrections Facility.

Those inmates that would like to participate in the I2W program will apply and take part in a selection process.

The first program in the McHenry County Correctional facility expects to have between 2 and 4 participants.

The I2W program will provide valuable skills and certification for inmates to aid them in obtaining rewarding careers in the future.

The Sheriff’s Office recognizes the value of this program and the benefit I2W will have in improving the ability of the individual inmate to turn those skills into gainful employment in the food service industry.

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The program is scheduled to start the day before the election. It will be interesting to see if either of the Heralds run a story with photo about the program the day before or the day of the election.


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2-4 County Prisoners to Learn Cooking in 12-Week ARAMARK Courses — 7 Comments

  1. How much does it cost the county? If it were free or if ARAMARK is paying the county it would have posted as a positive for the Sheriff. Since there is no talk of cost my first thought is that this is a flash in the pan for the election and that nygren found a way to pay back his campaign donors from ARAMARK.

    So Before I take my beatin’s from the usual suspects, all I’m asking is what, if any, is the cost to the county. Oh sorry one more question. If there is a cost, who is paying the bill? is it coming out of the 32 million dollar sheriff’s budget or is the county being billed and will this add to the 1.2 million dollar short fall the county has for fiscal year 2011.

    Feel free to start slaping me around and don’t forget to mention Mike’s dui. Please first tell me if there is or isn’t a cost to the county.

  2. Everybody loves baseball, right?

    How about Keith??

    Add these Sox Tickets to your list of “Pocket” change Keith.

    Then, answer Patricks question above.

    I was going to ask it, but I see others are finally on to you!

    Aramark
    2300 Warrenville Road
    Downers Grove, IL 60515 $350.00
    9/8/2008 In-Kind Contribution

    Citizens to Elect Sheriff Nygren Auction item – White Sox Package
    —————————————————-

    ARAMARK Polical Action Committee
    1101 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19107 $600.00
    9/18/2002 Individual Contribution
    Citizens to Elect Sheriff Nygren

    ARAMARK Polical Action Committee
    1101 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19107 $700.00
    10/15/2003 Individual Contribution
    Citizens to Elect Sheriff Nygren

    ARAMARK Polical Action Committee
    1101 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19107 $530.00
    10/6/2004 Individual Contribution
    Citizens to Elect Sheriff Nygren

    ARAMARK Polical Action Committee
    1101 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19107 $875.00
    10/4/2005 Individual Contribution
    Citizens to Elect Sheriff Nygren

    ARAMARK Polical Action Committee
    1101 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19107 $950.00
    10/3/2006 Individual Contribution
    Citizens to Elect Sheriff Nygren

    ARAMARK Polical Action Committee
    1101 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19107 $550.00
    9/23/2009 Individual Contribution
    Citizens to Elect Sheriff Nygren

  3. and why is this used on the community notification system, which is used for alerting residents and business of crimes in thier area.

    This could have interered wuth the reporting of an actual crime or situation in McHenry County that needed notification, not this drummed up piece of junk with Nygrens name on it,…stop selling the Sheriffs Office, Stop selling the citizens, and just move back down to Florida with Margie.

    Mike Mahon would not, and will not abuse this system to try and lure a few voters his way,

    This county needs and wants Mahon,

  4. In exchange for their work, the inmates receive coffee, double portions of food, a free haircut, an extra weekly visit and $1 a day that’s deposited into an account, authorities said.

    For security reasons, the prison is limiting the pilot program to men, Nygren said

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