CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Four inmates at the Charlotte County Jail are taking steps towards a brighter future. Thursday, they graduated from the Jail's IN2WORK program.
The eight week course prepares them for the workplace.
"It's very nice what the Sheriff's Department has done here you know what I mean, they've given us a little bit of time where we feel like we're somebody again," says Alberto Colaluca.
Colaluca is one of three inmates who walked Thursday having completed 8 weeks of hands on training in the food industry.
"It's dark enough living in here for a little bit... the time that we get to go spend, it really brings joy, it was almost like we had our own little restaurant," he says.
Making anywhere from 40 to 60 food orders a day. The IN2WORK program is a partnership between the Jail and Aramark, one of their vendors. The teachers show these guys the ins and outs of the food industry from kitchen basics, to cooking, to customer service, all in hopes of giving them a better shot once they've done their time.
"This is a skill they can take with them and perhaps stand a better chance at getting a job in one of those industries and be productive and contribute in a positive way and give back to the community," says Major Mark Caro with the Sheriff's Office.
In order to participate in this program, inmates have to at least have a high school diploma or a GED certificate. They also have to take a pretest and go through an interview process to be considered.