OFTC Joins Celebration to Honor WACO’s Second Cohort of RSAT Program Participants
Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) participated in a ceremony honoring 15 inmates who recently completed the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) Program offered through the Washington County Jail in Sandersville, Friday, April 15.
The six-month program focuses on recovery, rehabilitation, re-education and re-entry, and participation includes classes and counseling, a 12-step program to address addiction and self-reflecting, community service, and a two-week Industrial Workplace Fundamentals (IWF) course offered through OFTC’s Economic Development and Adult Education departments.
This is the second cohort of participants to complete the RSAT Program.
OFTC’s two-week IWF course offers training in maintaining a positive attitude in the workplace, professional work ethics, workplace communication and dealing with difficult people, and certifications in OSHA 10, Medic First Aid, Basic Computing and Windows 10, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, WorkKeys Essentials, and Forklift Safety.
“This group has gained credentials in a variety of areas that should make them attractive candidates for employment for many local industries or businesses,” shared Kim David, OFTC’s Vice President for Economic Development.
“These credentials should be viewed as desirable additions to a participant’s resume by prospective employers and will allow them to begin work with knowledge and training that won’t have to be provided by employers during their first few weeks or months.”
Not only did the college provide training to give participants transferable credentials which should aid in employment upon their release from jail, they also offered opportunities to further one’s education through obtaining a high school equivalency diploma or strengthen basic skills through adult education.
“Having a high school equivalency diploma will open more opportunities for these participants to gain employment or go further in their education,” said Demme McManus, OFTC’s Dean of Adult Education. “Part of the RSAT program’s goal is to help participants re-enter society, so having the opportunity to come along beside them and give them the tools needed to succeed in the workforce or in furthering their education is exactly what we’re about in adult education at OFTC.”
The Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program participants will participate in a final “after-care” phase of the program where they will report once a week and attend a three-hour class to check in on their progress.