PRESS RELEASE: Sarah Sytsma Named Director of Correctional Industries
Released January 8, 2019
Director of Correctional Industries Sarah Sytsma (DOC Communications)
TUMWATER – Sarah Sytsma has been named as the director of Correctional Industries (CI) by Assistant Secretary for Reentry Danielle Armbruster within the Washington Department of Corrections, effective January 16, 2019. Sytsma currently serves as education administrator for the department and brings close to 25 years of correctional education and court system experience to the role.
“I am confident that Sarah will continue to guide Correctional Industries in a positive direction. She is dedicated to reentry and skill development for the incarcerated population,” said Armbruster. “Sarah has the passion and expertise to develop marketable jobs skills and positive work ethic amongst incarcerated individuals.”
Sytsma served as the director of correctional education with Tacoma Community College, dean of corrections education with Centralia College and the director of corrections education at Washington Corrections Center for Women. Sytsma is passionate about reentry and increasing public safety.
Sytsma earned her Master of Public Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management. She has an extensive portfolio of community service ranging from serving as a board member on both the Washington Correctional Education Association and the Community Accountability Board.
“There is no better joy than to see an individual who uses their time of incarceration to learn new skills that lead to success upon release,” said Sytsma. “Seeing these individuals become valued members of their communities is why I choose to do the work I do and why I wanted to become part of the Correctional Industries team.”