Poplar Hill Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program
On April 9, 2012 the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s first training class for the Poplar Hill Pre-Release Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program began with ten (10) inmates. The second class began on July 2, 2012 with ten (10) inmates and the third class began on September 24, 2012 with nine (9) inmates. Of the twenty nine (29) inmates who were enrolled in the program, a total of twenty four (24) completed all of the course requirements and received certificates of completion issued by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).
This training program is being funded by the City of Salisbury Safe Streets Grant and is a joint effort involving the City of Salisbury, Poplar Hill Pre-Release, the SACC Foundation, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc., Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation, Maryland Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services, Maryland Division of Parole & Probation, and the Salisbury Police Department.
The purpose of the program is to provide skills through employment readiness, pre-apprenticeship, and workforce preparedness courses. In addition to classroom course content, participants will be able to do live work as part of community revitalization efforts as well as work release employment. This program adds real world skills training in the area of building maintenance (i.e. painting and drywall installation). After release, the ex-offender will have the education, training, and skills to compete in today’s workforce. In addition, participants will receive follow-up guidance and support.