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Units Bulletin Board - Beto Unit, Cole State Jail and Mountain View Unit

 Reprinted By Courtesy The ECHO

Construction Fundamentals prepares students for vocations, successful new careers

Construction Fundamentals students at the Beto Unit learn valuable hands-on skills, including how to read blueprints.

Construction Fundamentals is a Windham School District prerequisite course designed to prepare students for vocational courses and careers. The curriculum includes a module which covers construction safety, math skills, hand and power tools, blueprint reading, material handling, communication skills and employability.

Instructor C. Abramski teaches this course at the Beto Unit in Tennessee Colony, and he says his favorite lessons are the life skills modules, which include communication and employability skills, because strong "people skills" are key to productivity in any industry. These modules also deal with interviews, training, resume writing and managing finances.

"In an interview," Abramski stresses, "be dressed for the occasion. For example, if you are going to a worker interview at a construction, don’t wear a three-piece suit. In addition, learning to manage finances properly once you get paid is very important."



Career and Technology Education makes news for Windham School District

Brandon Leverett from Cole State Jail

The first WSD student to earn North American Technician Excellence Air Conditioning Service Technician Certification is Brandon Leverett from Cole State Jail.

Mountain View readers praise "Wild" novel by Cheryl Strayed

The Mountain View Unit Book Club recently read and critiqued bestselling memoir "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed. This riveting account depicts her harrowing three-month solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail — a 2,663 mile wilderness route stretching from the Mexican to Canadian border. Strayed powerfully captures the terror and bliss of her challenge to defy all odds on a journey that exasperated, strengthened and ultimately healed her.

Mountain View Unit Book Club participants are (front row, l. to r.) C. Johnson, B. Fuller, (back row, l. to r.) S. Lane, A. Walker, Y. Espinoza, K. Cantley and N. Moser.

The author's vivid descriptions of a beautiful yet unforgiving terrain transported book club members to the Pacific Crest Trail. Members also related to Strayed's plight, as her mental and physical endurance was analogous to their own. The club unanimously endorses the book, and respectfully encourages residents and staff to add it to their reading list.

Members of the Mountain View Book Club thank former Warden D. Kazmierczak, Warden C. Sellers, Windham School District Principal D. Morgan and Librarian P. Blanchard for allowing the book club to meet each week.