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From Incarceration to Certification as an RV Tech

RVTI in prisonImage of KRHD-TV

A Texas TV station reports on a program the RV Technical Institute has used successfully for a couple years now: training prison inmates to become certified RV techs.

Every Monday through Friday, a group of women at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Woodman Campus in Gatesville spend six hours working on becoming certified as RV technicians.

Student Stephanie Farris says she doesn’t get tired of it.

“It’s the weekend and you get to relax, but I’m just like, ‘Is it Monday? When can I go back to school?,’” Farris said.

Another student, Angela Gilbreth, says she was looking for a way to pass the time and stumbled upon the class.

“It was something that I was looking for that I never even knew I wanted – it’s just filled a lot of void,” Gilbreth said.

Students like Gilbreth, Farris and Tamara Lewis all ended up at the Woodman campus by different circumstances. In this program, however, they have found not only a career, but also hope.

“Coming in this program has built a confidence in me, and built and worked on me internally,” Gilbreth said. “Not just my label with my convictions on me, but somebody that can be an asset or somebody that can do something other than live the lifestyle and be the person that I’ve always felt like that I deserve to be.”

Click here to watch the full report from KRHD-TV in Bryan, Texas.

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