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RCBI expands program aimed at training ex-prisoners affected by opioid crisis


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WCHS) — An initiative that provides formerly incarcerated women affected by the opioid crisis a pathway to careers in manufacturing is now expanding to include men. 

RecoveryWorksWV, a free 15-week holistic program, provided by the Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University, will begin class orientation June 10-11, according to a news release from RCBI. The program is open to residents of West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio. 

As part of the program, participants will receive hands-on machinist training for operating computer-numerical-controlled mills and lathes, job experience at area manufacturing facilities, classroom instruction, peer counseling, soft skills training and more. 

“Having skills to gain sustainable employment improves the chances of long-term success for those recovering from opioid misuse,” RCBI Director and CEO Charlotte Weber said in the news release. -TV: 

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