Two Flagler Jail Inmates Earn Food Handling Certifications, Readying Them for Jobs
FlaglerLive | October 11, 2012
After spending some time in the Flagler County jail, two inmates will be ready to work in an area restaurant thanks to a new educational program at the Flagler County jail. The jail is run by Director Becky Quintieri.Inmate Trustees Oleh Dubrovskyy, 22, and Justin Hurt, 23, were assigned to work in the county jail kitchen with Jose Rivera, a food service manager with Trinity Services, the company that contracts to provide inmate meals. Rivera, through a partnership with the Sheriff’s Office, began an instruction course for food handling which resulted in Dubrovskyy and Hurt obtaining a “Safe Staff Food Handler Certificate.” The certification allows them to immediately start work in any food service job. Dubrovskyy, held on $25,000 bail, is expected to be released in six months. Hurt has been released.
“These two men will be coming out of the jail with a marketable skill. Restaurant employers will not have to wait for them to get their certification – they can start right away,” Flagler County Sheriff Don Fleming said. “We have given them an opportunity to improve their futures while serving their time.”The inmates had to complete seven chapters of instruction by Rivera. After each chapter, a quiz was completed. At the completion of the curriculum, a test was administered and both inmates passed. The certification program is offered by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. The certifications will expire after three years and may be renewed.
Dubrovskyy, of Point Pleasant Drive in Palm Coast, has been booked into the jail 10 times since 2009, most recently in February, on a probation violation charges, when he was caught with a controlled substance. Most of his previous stints in jail were for minor, non-violent offenses, with the exception of a DUI charge in 2009.
Hurt, of Ovideo, is no longer at the jail. He was booked in April on a probation violation charge.