DuPage jail janitorial training program tops 100 graduates

  • DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick, center, with graduates of the 16th janitorial class run at the jail.

    DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick, center, with graduates of the 16th janitorial class run at the jail. Courtesy of the DuPage County Sheriff's Office

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 10/14/2021 11:35 AM

The DuPage County Sheriff's Office and JUST of DuPage recently graduated the 104th person from their janitorial work program.

Throughout the six-week course, detainees are taught the proper use of equipment and chemicals, and clean sections of the jail.

 

"I speak for all of us when I say we are grateful for the chance and opportunity to participate, learn and grow in this program," detainee Daniel Awe said in a news release from Sheriff James Mendrick.

The detainees earned certificates from the Cleaning Management Institute. JUST and workNet DuPage will help them find jobs upon their release.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, program participants specialized in contagion control, targeting high-risk areas in the jail, Mendrick said.

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