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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction OCSS - Hope Valley School

Visual communication students prepare for Skills Day


Richland Correctional Institution

1001 Olivesburg Road

P. O. Box 8107

Mansfield, Ohio 44901


(419) 526-2100



The Hope Valley School operates on the grounds of the Richland Correctional Institution (RiCI) located in Mansfield, Ohio.  RiCI serves over 2500 minimum, medium, security inmates.   The RiCI Hope Valley School is proud to commit to the following educational programs:

Academic Programs:

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

Career/Technical (vocational) Programs:

  • Administrative Office Technology
  • Graphic Occupation
  • Baking
  • Auto Collision Repair
  • Barbering
  • Carpentry
  • Drywall
  • Drafting
  • Turf Management
  • Visual Communications
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The Hope Valley School offers a year-long, competency based drafting program designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in the architectural, mechanical or manufacturing professions.  RiCI Career-Technical students learn to draft utilizing a combination of hand drafting and computers using AutoCAD software.  The students utilize the AutoCAD software to create drawings in the areas of architecture including site planning, foundations, framing, fireplace design, doors, windows, kitchens, floor plan design, elevations, roof plans, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC.  The RiCI students also learn about mechanical drafting, including multi-view projection, threads and fasteners, auxiliary views, sectioning, gears, structural, dimensioning, tolerances, gears and electronics.  Finally the students use their skills to create 3D images from their 2D drawings.  Students participate in speaking presentations, teamwork activities; and they acquire life skills to later prepare them for the real world of work.

As a Community Service Project, RiCI staff work with the Mansfield City Planning Commission.  A team of advanced Hope Valley School Career-Technical students use rough drawings to design construction documents specific to the city’s community restoration project.  Mansfield Correctional Camp (ManCC) Carpentry Apprenticeship inmates pre-fabricate walls that will be shipped to the contractors at the building sites.  The Mansfield City Restoration Project encompasses five city blocks and includes restoration of older existing homes as well as new construction. This past year the first home that was designed was sold and now additional new homes are being designed by the class.

This year Richland held a Skills Day competition for the Community Advisory Committee members. All career-tech programs are required to have several members from the community on an advisory board. The members come into the institution and advise the teachers on new methods of the industry. They also make recommendations on how to better the programs and look at the curriculum of the program. Skills Day shows the members how and what the teachers are teaching to prepare the offender for release to become a productive member of society. This was also media day for the institution. The Mansfield Journal and Channel 68 were out to conduct interviews and take pictures.