EDC Logo copyMADISONVILLE, Ky. (9/20/19) — Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development Corp. reports nine Hopkins County Jail inmates were recently awarded certificates for successfully completing the Kentucky INSINC carpentry program.

INSINC, which stands for “Inmates Need Skills in New Careers,” is a partnership between Hopkins County Jail and the EDC Kentucky Movers and Makers. The program allows incarcerated volunteers to become certified in carpentry, basic welding and masonry.

A ceremony was held Tuesday at the jail including members of the MHCEDC team, Hopkins County Jail staff and Judge-Executive Jack Whitfield. The inmates participating in the program clocked in an average of 96 instructional hours, EDC business relationship director Melanie Tapp reported.

“I am very grateful for the partnership with the EDC in helping to provide meaningful and life changing programing at the jail,” Jailer Mike Lewis said in a statement.

Kentucky INSINC programming continues with a welding course being taught this fall, with plans for continuing courses in basic electricity and masonry.

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