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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction OCSS - Ridgeview School

The SCI Ridgeview School SIMS Welding Program


Southeastern Correctional Institution

5900 B.I.S. Road

Lancaster, Ohio 43130


(740) 653-4324



The Ridgeview School operates on the grounds of the Southeastern Correctional Institution (SCI) located in Lancaster, Ohio.  SCI serves over 1,500 minimum and medium security inmates.  The SCI Ridgeview School is proud to offer the following educational programs:

Academic Programs:

  • Adult Basic Education
  • Advanced Job Training
  • Pre-GED
  • GED
  • Literacy Unit
  • Transitional Educational Program

Career/Technical (vocational) Programs:

  • Carpentry
  • Drafting
  • Plumbing
  • Welding
  • Apprenticeship Programs
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Ridgeview School’s Transitional Education Program (TEP) offers a variety of information to prepare offenders to leave the institution with the skills required to locate employment and become productive tax-paying citizens.  The students create a resume and develop computer skills.  They also learn about personal finance, budgeting, obtaining credit, and maintaining a good credit rating.  Guest speakers provide additional information about community resources.  The TEP participants are excited about the program and the myriad of available information.

The summer of 2009 brought SIMS Welding to SCI’s Career Technical Welding program.  We were fortunate enough to receive this new equipment due to a Youthful Offender grant for this secondary program.  SIMS welders are a virtual welding process, which gives a real-time view of the weld bead, using either shielded metal arc welding or gas metal arc welding.  Students are afforded the opportunity to perform proper set-up of the equipment, develop muscle memory and stamina.  Visual cues such as travel speed, work angles, travel angles, etc., can be used individually or simultaneously as the student progresses.  SIMS is not only a great starter tool, but is also cost-effective, since it saves on material use, such as steel and electrodes.  The students are not only being exposed to top-of-the-line equipment, but are enjoying their time doing so!