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Jail inmates taught skills in new training program

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SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County Jail officials are hoping a new 40-hour customer service training program will teach male inmates about general employment skills needed for specific jobs and industries.

Called the Building Bridges to Success program, Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said she believes the training will teach them marketable skills they can use to find and retain employment after being released from jail.

"We can prepare them for moving into the business community and into having real jobs where they can support their families, support their children, and become productive and contributing citizens to Bexar County," Pamerleau said. 

Inmate Ian Cone is participating. He said he sees the program as an opportunity for a new beginning for him.

"This class is allowing me to go to an employer with some legitimate credentials and obtain a job and move with a company and grow with a company and the community is rallying behind us, so that feels great," Cone said.

So far, more than 100 local businesses are supporting the customer service training class, and looking to offer jobs to inmates if they qualify.