Jul 27th, 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM


A Hospitality Training Model for Prison Inmates: Lessons learned from a pilot implementation


Denver, Colorado


In 2002, Northern Arizona University (NAU) implemented a pilot training program for a small group of female inmates at the Arizona State Prison Complex, Perryville. This initiative was made possible through a Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) grant ($333,300) entitled the “The Forgotten Population: Postsecondary Hospitality Training for Arizona Prisoners.” This program combined basic culinary skills with training in a set of transition skills, with the goal of reducing recidivism rates. This article discusses the challenges and outcomes of the pilot implementation, a holistic, collaborative approach to prison education for potentially providing the hospitality industry with capable employees.

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