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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

For Immediate Release
November 6, 2001
For More Information
Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

Polk Correctional Institution
Partners With AAMCO

The Florida Department of Corrections and AAMCO Transmission, Inc. are providing a new automotive training program at Polk Correctional Institution. Polk CI is the first site in Florida to provide AAMCO transmission training to inmates who are near release. Polk CI provides training and shop space, as well as a vocational teacher trained by AAMCO to teach the program. AAMCO designated Polk CI a certified AAMCO Training Center.

"This new training will allow inmates at Polk CI the opportunity to learn valuable job skills," said Secretary Michael W. Moore. "With job possibilities at AAMCO, the inmates can become productive members of society after their release."

Inmates who enter the program must first complete, or have already completed the Basic Automotive Course and Basic Transmissions Course. The AAMCO curriculum will take at least a year to complete. Therefore, those entering the program must be eligible for release soon after completing their training.

AAMCO is the world's largest transmission specialist with over 700 independently owned service centers. AAMCO continuously recruits technicians to fill open positions in Florida. "The demand for technicians is far greater than those willing to relocate," said Rose Miller, AAMCO's Technical Recruiter. "Those who complete the program at Polk CI will immediately be eligible to apply for employment with AAMCO."

Polk CI is hosting a luncheon & ribbon cutting ceremony on November 7, at 11:30 a.m. Representatives from AAMCO and the Department of Corrections will be in attendance. Polk CI is located at 10800 Evans Road in Polk City. All media representatives should arrive at the training center located on prison grounds at 11:15 a.m. with at least one form of picture ID. Media representatives should also contact the Public Affairs Office at 850-488-0420 to confirm their attendance.

Polk CI was established in 1987 and currently houses approximately 1,050 adult male inmates. Various educational and vocational programs taught at the institution include Adult Basic Education/GED, Automotive Technology Computer Electronic Technology, Consumer Electronic Repair, Pipe Trade Systems Technology, Sheet Metal Fabrication Technology, and Upholstery & Furniture Refinishing Technology.

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