A group of San Quentin prisoners will have an opportunity to gain a competitive edge in the electronics industry, thanks to a new program scheduled to begin in the fall.
“Our program goal is to prepare students for jobs and additional education by employing a unique entry-level, hands-on technician. In these programs, the student will gain a competitive edge and increase confidence in the industry,” said D. Romo, Vocational Electronic Program instructor.
Twenty-seven students will be selected for the program. It will feature five different certifications designed to meet the growing need in communication technology. It will give these students hands-on experience to qualify for an entry-level job.
“Three certifications will be offered in telecommunication: copper based-systems, fiber optics and electronic technicians,” said Romo. Certifications will include customer service support specialists and certified technicians.
“Students will work on electronic equipment such as oscilloscopes, digital meters, function generators, and power supplies,” added Romo, a University of California at Berkeley graduate in Electronic Engineering.
Students selected to participate in this program will learn how to interview, create a resume, solve mathematical formulas, and develop communication and teamwork skills.
The program will take approximately a year and half to complete all five certifications. Those students selected will be trained from pre-apprentice to apprentice levels, Romo said.
“Telecommunication, cable television, electronic manufacturing, electronic installation, fire/sprinkler alarm, computer manufacturing, and electromechanical companies have expressed interest in hiring students with any of these five certifications,” Romo said.
“No previous experience is necessary. However, students with milestones requirements must be able to read basic English and solve basic math problems,” reported Romo, who has worked five years with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
This is a full time commitment. “My students must be serious about taking advantage of this great opportunity,” Romo concluded.
For additional information, contact the Robert D. Burton Education Department at San Quentin.