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Prison Management Program Celebrates First Anniversary

Jul 20, 2010

Ohio Northern University commemorates one-year anniversary of its unique Prison Management Certificate Program with tour of Columbus

The Ohio Northern University Prison Management Certificate Program (PMCP), the only program of its type in the nation for Saudi Arabian professionals, will commemorate its one-year anniversary with a trip to Columbus to tour the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) headquarters, the Ohio Supreme Court and the Ohio Statehouse on July 28.

The tour’s first stop will have the ONU PMCP students visiting with ODRC Director Ernie L. Moore and his staff. Following a presentation at the ODRC headquarters, the ONU group will visit the Ohio Supreme Court and meet with Justice Robert R. Cupp. In addition, former warden Rex Zent will conduct a tour followed by a question-and-answer session. The trip will conclude with a visit to the Ohio Statehouse, where the students will meet with a state representative and tour the capital building.

Dr. Ellen Wilson, chair of the ONU Department of History, Politics and Justice and coordinator of the PMCP, said, “This visit reflects the purpose and experiences of the PMCP. The cooperation we have received from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction provides the ‘hands-on and how to’ that complements the more theoretical education provided by ONU. The visit to ODRC also gives the officers an opportunity to meet a few of their Ohio counterparts and experience ODRC headquarters. The Statehouse and the Supreme Court are the physical reality of significant parts of state government as they relate to corrections and rehabilitation. Indeed, there may be no more fitting way to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the PMCP at ONU and acknowledge the tremendous cooperation of the ODRC.”

Through the Prison Management Certificate Program, 30 Saudi prison management professionals, with bachelor’s degrees and additional professional training, are studying English for specific purposes and criminal justice in ONU’s Department of History, Politics and Justice.

While at ONU, the students have had formal coursework as well as practical experience, weekend seminars and many on-site visits with professionals in the field.