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
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.