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SCC Receives Award for Welding Program

NDOC award
From left to right: Benton Daly, welding instructor, Glen Williams, Dean of Manufacturing & Transportation, Dr. Dennis Headrick, Vice President of Instruction, Governor Pete Ricketts, Mark Hawkins, welding co-chair, Brian Pantzlaff, Department of Corrections, Jeremy Elder, Cornhusker State Industries

Southeast Community College received the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Partnership Award for 2016.

The award was presented to SCC on Sept. 21 in the State Capitol Rotunda during the NDCS Annual Awards Ceremony.

Dr. Dennis Headrick, SCC’s vice president for instruction, accepted the award on behalf of the College, in part because of his placement of the welding apprenticeship program at the Nebraska State Penitentiary. The metal shop and SCC instructors help inmates gain valuable skills and trades so they are better prepared to successfully re-enter society.

“You understand what it takes to design an effective, sustainable reentry program,” said Scott Frakes, director of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. “We appreciate your active participation in our mission, and consider you a great partner and advocate for reentry and the NCDS.”

Benton Daly is a Welding Technology instructor at SCC who taught three of the classes at the penitentiary. Daly worked with the inmates inside the classroom and gave them hands-on training. He said it was a very rewarding experience and helped him become a better instructor.

“The students in my classes are all just hoping for a second chance to make a better life for themselves,” Daly said. “I think an education is a great first step for them. By giving them a trade and means of making a living, they will be much less likely to repeat their previous mistakes.”


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