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Date: Dec. 19, 2007 Phone: 919 -716-3700

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 government agencies.

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, College 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 College 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 operating problems. 

 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.

 

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