On the Right TRAC
June 22, 2018
(Zachary Fletcher, DOC Communications)
OLYMPIA – The process of learning a new skill, acquiring knowledge, and continuing one’s education can continue even while incarcerated. Within the state’s correctional facilities, incarcerated individuals can engage with a number of learn and work programs to study, grow, and pursue their academic and career goals.
A successful reentry back into the community is key to improving public safety. The educational and vocational training opportunities within the Department of Corrections serves as a bridge connecting incarcerated individuals with employment opportunities both while incarcerated and upon their release.
Buffy Henson utilized the educational tools available to her while she was incarcerated. She used her time to gain valuable skills that would later set her up for employment opportunities and successes to better her own life.
Henson currently works at Custom Source Woodworking. Two years ago, Henson started at an entry-level position, and throughout the past years, has worked her way up to being an engineer with the company. Custom Source Woodworking is a cabinet-making company in the Olympia area that gives opportunities to previously incarcerated individuals. Henson is a graduate of the Trades Related Apprenticeship Coaching, or TRAC, program.
The education and vocational opportunities offered by the department are contributing factors to decreasing the rate of returns to prison. This is one way of improving public safety. Buffy’s experience with these programs has had a strong impact on both her personal and professional life.