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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction OCSS - Fallen Timbers Branch

Fallen Timbers Branch


Allen Correctional Institution

P. O. Box 4501
2338 North West Street
Lima, Ohio 45801


(419) 224-8000



The Fallen Timbers Branch operates on the grounds of the Allen Correctional Institution (ACI) in Lima, Ohio. ACI houses approximately 1,250 minimum, medium, and close security inmates. The Fallen Timbers Branch commits to the following educational programs:

Academic Programs:

  • Literacy Program
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Pre-GED/GED
  • Advanced Job Training 

Career/Technical (vocational) Programs:

  • Power Equipment Technology
  • Turf Management (landscaping)
  • Resilient Flooring
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The Fallen Timbers Branch features a student driven curriculum. Pam Sutton is the Literacy and MHABE teacher at ACI. Students have access to various computer programs which include the Work Keys program. The Expanded Expression Writing Program is used to assist students in improving their writing skills. Varied techniques and strategies such as manipulatives are incorporated into the classroom setting to address all learning styles. The "News for You" is used in the literacy class to integrate literacy skills and oral communications.

Kevin Hole is the Pre-GED and GED teacher, who uses interactive techniques such as the Jeopardy game to make learning fun and interesting. Gary Turnwald is the turf and landscape instructor who teaches the students about plant science, plant propagation, pest management and other entry level turf and landscaping skills. He holds a very successful flower and plant sale. The students work with the staff and instruct them on how to plant and care for their purchases.  John Landin is the Resilient Flooring Instructor who runs a very popular program which teaches the inmates flooring and tiling techniques. He recently had students put new flooring in several offices in the education department which gave them first hand experience in laying tile in a real life situation. He also had the students lay carpet on the putting green in the recreation department. Joe Wahrer is the power equipment technology instructor who incorporates safety and “hands on” training in repairing small engines found in everyday use. He has staff bring in power equipment that needs repaired. The students diagnose and repair the equipment, which gives them first hand experience in running a repair shop on the streets.