Prison job training programs closed due to cuts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Prison-based programs that train inmates
for jobs in various areas are being closed because of statewide
budget cuts.
The state Department of Career and Technology Education is
shutting down four of the programs that provide training in areas
such as construction, transportation and manufacturing.
The programs called Skills Centers being cut are at state
prisons in Enid, Alva, Stringtown and Granite. Officials say 11
employees will be laid off and about 200 inmates will be affected.
CareerTech officials say the programs will continue at nine
other prisons in the state.


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