WARSAW — A graduation ceremony for the fourth Kosciusko County Jail Chemical Addiction Program (JCAP) class took place Friday, Feb. 7.
The program was launched in 2018 to address substance abuse issues suffered by many inmates.
The event was held in the multi-purpose room at the Kosciusko Justice Building where Marty Collins, Adam Finchum, Cody Hale, Shane Hallstrom, Matthew Mahaska, Devon Poe, William Shultz, Christopher Smith and Jacob Yeazel were recognized for completing the program.
The nine men have been in the program for four months and have completed a number of classes.
“It takes four months, at least, to change their mindset,” said Kosciusko County Sheriff Kyle Dukes.
This group not only took the ServSafe Food Handlers Safety class through the Purdue Extension Office, they also took the manager course.
“Nearly all the men passed this difficult test and will be prepared for a career in food service if they choose,” said JCAP Coordinator Courtney Jenkins.
They have also participated in fitness classes twice a week with Don Halvorsen from Haymaker Fitness, parenting with before5.org, Banking 101 with Lake City Bank, INWork with Purdue Extension and MRT, individual and group counseling with the Bowen Center.
“Vicki Cook and Heather Desenberg provide a job readiness class that includes mock interviews with local human resource directors and hiring managers,” said Jenkins. “New Life Christian Church leads Celebrate Recovery classes, True Purpose Ministries teaches Seeking Safety and the Beaman Home offers domestic violence, self-esteem and boundaries classes.”
Jenkins said the men also participated in SMART recovery and spiritual classes.
Four of the men attended tutoring classes four days a week through Warsaw Adult Education and took their high school equivalency test this week.