ORCU Hosts Area Adult Education Advisory Committee Meeting
Superintendent DeAngelo Earl and staff of the Ouachita River Correctional Unit (ORCU) hosted the Adult Education Advisory Committee second quarter meeting on July 30, 2019.
Upcoming training opportunities, changes that are happening at the state level, and budgets were discussed during the meeting. Additionally, Gary Gamble, the ORCU Think Legacy Program Coordinator discussed the reentry program and the Workforce Alliance for Growth in the Economy (WAGE) partnership which has worked great for ORCU. Jan Robertson, the area’s WAGE Coordinator, thanked ORCU for their focus on the program this year, to the point that a waiting list now exists for inmates who wish to participate!
Don Rigney, Program Manager of Riverside Vo-Tech’s Ouachita River campus, discussed the various vocational-technical offerings the school has to offer. He also led visitors on an informative tour of their superb vo-tech area, which is one of the best in the state.
All of the guests, who were from Malvern and the surrounding communities, were impressed by the cleanliness and good order of the facility. They commended staff on their professionalism, positive attitudes and job knowledge. The overall tour was handled by Major Cornelius Christopher, Deputy Warden Anthony Jackson, Deputy Warden Steve Outlaw and Program Specialist Gary Gamble.
Blood Drive Held at Ouachita River Correctional Unit
A total of 30 staff members from the Ouachita River Correctional Unit donated blood during a visit by the Arkansas Blood Institute's mobile unit on July 29, 2019. Thanks to all of our staff members who donated blood to help save the lives of those in need!
[LEFT] Cpl. Chad Ray
[RIGHT] Cpl. Brittan McDaniel
[LEFT] Sgt. Derek Ellis
[RIGHT] Jason Gray, Inmate Grievance Coordinator
Sgt. Coy Hasley
ADC Training Supervisor Meets with Criminal Justice Educators
After expressing that their students have taken an interest in the field of corrections, ADC’s Training Supervisor, Delilah Ingram, was invited to speak to a group of criminal justice educators today at the Arkansas Department of Career Education in Little Rock. The idea of adding courses in corrections to their educational curriculum is being explored, which would give students an additional career avenue within the law enforcement field to consider. Some of the topics discussed included potential courses that could be offered, correctional facility tours for high school students, pay incentives, retirement/medical benefits, and the many advancement opportunities that ADC has to offer. We’re excited to help open the door to a future generation of correctional employees!
Benton Unit Recognized by ARDOT
Deputy Warden John Craig (second from right) and Regional Maintenance Lieutenant Robert Davis of the Benton Unit were presented with an Outstanding Service Award by representatives of the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) on July 24, 2019. The plaque recognizes the unit’s efforts over the past 20 years for “Devoted and Invaluable Efforts Rendered in Helping ARDOT Keep Arkansas Beautiful and Fight Against Litter in Saline County, Arkansas.” We're proud of you, Benton Unit, for the hard work and dedication you’ve devoted in serving your community over the past two decades!
Cummins Unit Employees Offer Assistance to One of Their Own
As is the case throughout the Divisiom of Correction, Cummins Unit employees care for each other like family. Deputy Warden Kennie Bolden and officers from the unit's Employee Benefit Fund (EBF) recently presented COII Michael Moseley with money raised by the group to help with expenses that were incurred as a result of damages to his home following a storm. Thanks for looking out for one another, Cummins crew!
Deputy Warden K. Bolden (left), Ms. L. Cook – Vice President, COII M. Moseley,
Ms. C. Cook – Secretary, and Mr. J. Haynes – Treasurer