Correctional Education Plumbing Instructor Rewrites the Book

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TOWSON, MD (March 1, 2011) – The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, along with the Division of Correction, congratulates Maryland Correctional Training Center (MCTC) plumbing instructor Kenneth Allen for being chosen to re-write the standard textbook for his field.

Allen will serve on a team of four subject-matter experts, to rewrite the Plumbing Level I textbook used by students across the country. The National Center for Construction Education and Research selected the experts serving on the team.

Allen, who formerly worked as a licensed plumber in the construction industry, started teaching at MCTC in October 1998.

Teaching felt like a calling, Allen said. He teaches 15 students at a time in six-month cycles. When students leave the program, they have enough skills and certification for an entry-level plumbing job.

“When people get into it, they realize their lives can be so much more than running from the law all the time. They pursue this,” Allen said.

Allen also teaches at Hagerstown Community College. Correctional education teachers are Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation employees.