New prison training
program teaches digital embroidery design
ELIZABETH CITY - A new on-the-job training initiative launched at
Pasquotank Correctional Institution will instruct inmates how to produce
three-dimensional digital graphic embroidered designs for use in many
Digital Design for Embroidery is the new highly innovative continuing
education program launched this year as a collaborative effort of the
North Carolina Department of Correction,
of The Albemarle
and the North Carolina Department of Labor.
The challenging coursework teaches inmate students how to
transform two dimensional graphic designs into three dimensional designs
using a digital process. The
digital design can be downloaded to an automated embroidery machine to
produce embroidered art such as logos, patches, emblems and names on
hats, shirts and jackets.
Upon successful completion of the 10-week continuing education program
students receive a certificate from the
of The Albemarle
and may be selected to pursue training as an Embroidery Digital Designer
apprentice at the Correction Enterprises specialty sewing plant at
Pasquotank CI. Successful
completion of the two-year apprenticeship, developed and approved by the
North Carolina Department of Labor will culminate in DOL certification
as a journeyman in this skilled trade.
The on-the-job training in the sewing plant provides inmates with
an opportunity to increase their digital design competency, textiles
knowledge and proficiency at performing basic preventive maintenance,
periodic adjustments and troubleshooting minor embroidery machine
The first group of nine inmates will complete the class
instruction portion of the program in January 2008 and future cohorts
should consist of 15 inmates.
The program is aligned with Correction Enterprisesí mission to
provide meaningful work experience and rehabilitation opportunity for
inmates while providing quality goods and services to tax supported
entities at a savings to taxpayers.