Wade Frank Harting's 2012 success story
Skills Center graduate Wade Frank Harting earns licenses in HVAC and electricity while incarcerated and lands 'dream job' upon release.
Then: An offender wanting to develop marketable skills so he could get a job upon release from Lexington Correctional Center. Two programs—Heat, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Electrical Trades—at the CareerTech Skills Center, along with electricity instructor Cecil Wainscott, helped Frank
- Graduate from the Skills Center, earning both HVAC and Unlimited Electrician licenses.
- Work, while incarcerated, as a maintenance apprentice—earning enough hours to complete an apprenticeship and take the journeyman test.
- Realize people were there to support and mentor him as a student, a job seeker and a friend.
Now: Frank is home, living close to his son, in a job he identified early on as his "dream job." A maintenance technician at the Stillwater Medical Center, Frank works in an organization that supports its employees and believes in continuing education so he can work toward his new goal: increasing his knowledge and ability to contribute.