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42 Offenders Complete Welding Programs

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June 9, 2017

42 Offenders Complete Vocational Welding Programs

Graduation held at Walker State Prison

FORSYTH, Ga. – On June 9, 42 offenders graduated from the Welding Program at Walker State Prison in Rock Springs, GA. There were 32 offenders who completed the Basic Vocational Welding Program and 10 who completed the Advanced Vocational Welding Program. 

“Several former offenders who participated in the agency’s vocational welding programs are now gainfully employed,” said Commissioner Gregory C. Dozier. “We are proud of the 42 graduates and hope for the same level of success when they reenter society.”

Walker partners with Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) for both welding programs. The Basic Vocational Welding Program offers an MIG (Metal Inert Gas) Certificate. Since its inception in 2014, a total of 207 offenders have graduated from the basic program. In the Advanced Vocational Welding Program, offenders earn a TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) and Flux Cord certificate. This was the inaugural advanced program graduation.

For more on the Welding Programs offered at CGTC, visit

The GDC has one of the largest prison systems in the U.S. and is responsible for supervising nearly 52,000 state prisoners. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 10,500 employees.

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