Serving Those Who Served: How the DOC Supports Veterans

DOC Statewide Veterans Coordinator Michael Carrington joins the podcast for a discussion all about veterans in the DOC — including those who work and those who live in our facilities. Michael discusses his role in the agency, how the DOC supports its employee veterans, the many benefits of a Veterans Service Unit and the impact of community partners, including the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Vocational Spotlight: SCI Mercer’s Automotive Program

William Bush is the Automotive Technology Mechanical and State Inspection Instructor at SCI Mercer, where he teaches his students everything they need to know to earn a state inspection license — and so much more. In this month’s episode of the PA Prisons and Parole Podcast, Bush discusses the various skills his students learn, what opportunities are available to them and why employers should give his graduates a chance. He also shares about how whether they’re experienced with cars or have never held a wrench, everyone can succeed in his class if they work at it.

Why You Should Join Our Team

Cpt. Dennis Reichert was recently named supervisor of the DOC’s new Recruitment and Retention Division, which is focused on bringing in the best and brightest new corrections officers, parole agents and monitors. In this episode, Cpt. Reichert discusses his background, his new role, misconceptions about the work and the many benefits of a career in the DOC.

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School Days at SCI Waymart

While students head back to school this month, the learning never stopped in the DOC as educational programs continue year-round with students working towards their diplomas, certifications and degrees.

SCI Waymart Principal Michelle Lipko shares about the exciting opportunities available to the incarcerated students at her facility, including how her team views their role in the reentry process and what’s next for her school.

During the interview, Principal Lipko mentioned new names for the vocational programs at SCI Waymart. To learn more about them, visit our blog.

Villanova University’s Most Unique Branch Campus

For 50 years, Villanova University has educated incarcerated students at SCI Graterford/SCI Phoenix, where they take the same programs and courses from the same professors as their peers in Philadelphia. Villanova University at SCI Phoenix Director Katherine Meloney joined the podcast to reflect on the recent graduation — which saw administrators and professors from Villanova in attendance — and what it means to the graduates and their families. She also takes a look ahead at where she’d like to see the program go next.