Impact Georgia Magazine July - Page 12

Don Kelly

Maintenance Supervisor, Bainbridge PSACT

During the events of Hurricane Michael, Don Kelly, the Maintenance Supervisor for Bainbridge Probation Substance Abuse Center, was instrumental in ensuring the safety of the center. Before the storm, he instructed his staff to begin their well-rehearsed storm preparation measures and focused on ensuring the emergency generators were working and the fuel tanks were full.

He secured all loose items in and around the facility and checked that all areas were braced for a direct assault. During the storm, Kelly remained onsite and advised leadership on the situation. He made frequent trips throughout the facility to check on the generators, the perimeter fence and to take wind speed ratings. Kelly worked more than 100 hours. Kelly’s actions define selflessness and dedication to duty.

Colwell PDC Hosts Graduation Ceremony

Eighteen Offenders Receive Certificates

By Lori Benoit| lori.benoit@gdc.ga.gov

On June 7, the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC), in partnership with the North Georgia Technical College (NGTC) Adult Education WIOA grant program, hosted a combined Culinary and Auto Maintenance and Light Repair graduation. During the ceremony, 10 detainees were presented with certificates in ServSafe Management and eight detainees received certificates in Auto Maintenance and light repair technician certificates.

“Our partners play a vital role in ensuring detainees are equipped with the tools necessary to obtain gainful employment upon release,” said Commissioner Timothy C. Ward. “It is imperative that they learn essential skills in order to make a successful transition back into their communities.”

The Culinary program provides participants with the knowledge and skills to become certified as ServSafe Managers. ServSafe is a food and beverage safety training and certificate program administered by the National Restaurant Association.

The Auto Electrical/Electronic Systems Technician certificate program provides participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the field as entry-level technicians to diagnose, service and repair basic electrical/electronic automotive systems. Topics covered include automotive shop safety, electrical theory and circuit diagnosis, automotive batteries, starting and charging systems, instrumentation, air conditioning, lighting and various vehicle accessories.

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