308.345.8405
 

Work Ethic Camp

Work Ethic Camp

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General Information
Warden
Pam Morello
Public Information Officer
Cristy Schwartz: cristine.schwartz@nebraska.gov
Phone
308.345.8405
Address
2309 N. Hwy 83
McCook, NE 69001

About the Facility

The Work Ethic Camp (WEC) is a 200-bed facility for males classified to 'Minimum B' custody. It provides an individualized program in a time frame appropriate for the individual's needs and sentence structure. Individuals may parole from WEC, progress to a community custody facility or complete their sentence.

General

The Mission of the Work Ethic Camp is to provide an integrated program in partnership with the Probation and Parole Administrations that combine evidence based practices within a structured treatment environment. The overall goal is to reduce the risk of recidivism through offender behavioral change assisting offenders back into the community.

With intermittent supervision, minimum custody individuals may be eligible to work as road crews in the community.

Directions to the Facility

WEC is located 2 miles north of Highway 6/34 and N. Highway 83 junctions.

Visiting Hours
Work Ethic Camp Visiting Hours
Saturday - Sunday8:00 am - 11:00 am1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Visitation is allowed for approved visitors.

Visitors may only visit on one visiting day each week. They may attend both sessions on that day.

All visits are subject to approval and space availability. Contact the facility for further information.

Visiting Procedures

Programs

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Programs & Services

Below is a brief record of every available program and service provided by this correctional facility. If it there is any additional facility-specific information pertaining to these programs and services, it will be found under the "Additional Information" tab.

**Please keep in mind that if there is no additional information provided by the facility, the "Additional Information" tab will not be displayed.
Program Description Typesort descending
Non-residential Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment (OP)

Outpatient substance abuse treatment for incarcerated individuals who are not eligible for residential or intensive substance abuse services due to lower level substance abuse issues.


Needs addressed:  drugs and alcohol abuse.

Clinical Treatment
Non-residential Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Program (IOP)

A drug/alcohol abuse program available for incarcerated individuals who are not eligible for the residential program due to lower level substance abuse issues.


Needs addressed:  alcohol, drugs.

Clinical Treatment
Destination Dads-Inside Out Dads

Incarcerated fathers get tools they need to become more involved, responsible, and committed in the lives of their children.


 

Need addressed:  Family

Non-Clinical Programs
Living in Balance

Cognitive based educational program designed to address recovery and re-entry issues.  Needs addressed:


Re-entry life skills for addicts.

Non-Clinical Programs
Destination Dads-Within My Reach

Critical and concrete tools are provided which help participants improve interactions with those who matter in their lives.  Subjects are knowing yourself first, smart love and making your own decisions.


Need addressed:  Family

Non-Clinical Programs
Beyond Anger and Violence/From the Inside Out

Beyond Anger and Violence/From the Inside Out assists clients in institutional settings and community corrections address anger, reconciliation and emotion management. This program provides guidelines for daily living, helping to build, strengthen and maintain relationships.


Needs Addressed:  Attitudes; behavior.

Non-Clinical Programs
Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)

MRT is an evidence-based, cognitive behavioral intervention which leads to enhanced moral reasoning, better decision making and more appropriate behavior. 


Needs addressed:  Attitudes, behavior.

Non-Clinical Programs
Thinking for a Change

Thinking for a Change is a high-level cognitive behavioral program developed by the National Institute of Corrections. The program uses role playing to concentrate on changing the criminogenic thinking of offenders.


Needs addressed:  Attitudes; behavior; family; friends; aggression.

Non-Clinical Programs
7 Habits on the Inside

Developed by FranklinCovey in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Corrections, 7 Habits on the Inside uses the principles of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, tailored for the incarcerated individual. The program seeks to empower individuals to manage their own lives in such a way as to be successful in prison and in the community. (10 sessions) 


Needs Addressed: Attitudes/Behavior; Family; Employment; Life Skills

Non-Clinical Programs
Destination Dads-Common Sense Parenting

Provides parents with a menu of techniques that will aid them in building positive family relationships; preventing and correcting misbehavior; using consequences to improve behavior.  Teaches self-control and how to stay calm.


Need addressed:  Family

Non-Clinical Programs
College Courses

College courses are offered through various universities/colleges and correspondence courses. Currently, college classes are provided by grant funded providers and/or at the individual's own expense.


Needs Addressed:  Education; employment; life skills; pro-social.

Education Programs
ESL/ELL

English as a second language (ESL) is designed to aid those students not fluent in English learn to speak, read, hear and write the language so they can better function in society.


Needs addressed:  Education; life skills

Education Programs
High School

NDCS operates its own school district with a high school. Students of all ages may attend high school classes. Individuals under 22 who have not graduated from high school are required to be in school. Students over 22 need to go through an application process.


 Need addressed:  Education.

Education Programs
Adult Basic Education

Adult Basic Education assists adult incarcerated students work toward high school equivalency, or refresh skills regardless of diploma status.


Need Addressed:  Education

Education Programs
Religious Classses and activities

Variety of classes, workshops and religious services designed to help inmates with support and spiritual development.


Needs addressed:  Pro-social, support.

Pro-Social Activities
Garden Enterprise

Educational class on hour to plant, grow and sell produce. 


Need addressed:  Pro-social activity/outside interest.

Pro-Social Activities
Incentive Program

A program designed to help inmates develop skills in sanitation, personal hygiene, citizenship, work, education, and behavior.  An inmate who meets the established criteria may earn rewards for levels of achievement.


Needs addressed:  Life skills; attitudes; behavior.

Pro-Social Activities
Inmate Council

Provides the opportunity for inmate representatives to have input into things which improve facility quality of life.


Needs addressed: Pro-social activity and outside interest.

Pro-Social Activities
WEC Sowers

This program is designed to teach about how to plant, care for and grow plants.  Additionally participants learn how to increase the population of monarch butterflies through planting.


Needs addressed:  Pro-social/outside interest.

Pro-Social Activities
AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)

AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) is an organization to encourage its members to read, and listen at meetings to information provided through speakers. Members may use the program as a foundation to encourage and provide opportunities in facing the truth about their accountability for their addiction.


Need Addressed:  Support for addiction.

Pro-Social Activities
Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous encourages its members to attend meetings, read and listen to speakers to face the truth and be accountable for their addictions.


Need addressed:  Drug addiction support; pro-social/outside interest.

Pro-Social Activities
Sports/Recreation Activities

A variety of activities that encourage health pastimes are offered at all facilities. Please check with recreational specialists for more information.


Needs addressed:  Pro-social/outside interest; health.

Pro-Social Activities
Discharge Planning

Reentry specialists work with individuals to ensure a reentry plan is completed. The plan allows for a smooth transition to the community and focuses on housing, transportation, employment, education, and medical/mental health services as needed.


Need addressed:  Re-entry

Reentry Services
Reentry planning

Clients develop comprehensive reentry plans that include housing/transitional living, employment/education, transportation, ID credentials, medical/mental and behavioral health treatment.


Need addressed:  Reentry.

Reentry Services
Assistance for Social Security Application

Social workers provide assistance in obtaining and completing Social Security applications to individuals who qualify and are 90 days from discharge, post-release supervision or parole.


Need addressed:  Re-entry for those who may qualify for Social Security benefits due to age or disability.

Reentry Services
Vocational and Life Skills Programming

See non-clinical programs list for more details. 

Reentry Services
Crisis Intervention

Provided on an as-needed basis, clinicians are available to assist individuals in a mental health crisis.


Needs Addressed:  Mental health.

Individual/Group Psychotherapy

Licensed, clinical therapists provide one-on-one or group therapy sessions as needed.


Need addressed:  mental health

Risk Assessment/ Psychological Evaluations

Risk Assessments and Psychological Evaluations provide diagnosis clarification, intelligence testing and Dementia screening.


Need addressed:  Mental Health; education.

Transition Services

Transition Services are available to those transitioning to or from general population or protective management. Mental Health professionals may assists with these services.


Need Addressed:  Mental Health

Skilled Nursing Facility

On-call Skilled Nursing Facilities manage crises dealing with medical emergencies, behavioral issues and suicide watches.


Needs addressed:  Health and mental health.

Health Course

This program, delivered by a wellness expert, provides workshops on preventative health education and nutrition, such as Men's Birth Control; Date Abuse; Bullying; Gender Boxes; and Hygiene.


Need addressed:  Health.

Clinical Treatment Programs

See clinical programs list for more details.

Specialized Population Served

Specialized Population Served offers services for inmates with mental illness or serious chronic medical conditions that are high risk and multi-needs.


Needs addressed:  Health; mental health

Social Work Services
Medical Services Coordination

Social workers assist individuals with high medical needs to set appointments for medication management, healthcare and provide resources to obtain medical insurance upon release:


Needs addressed:  Health, mental health, life skills, re-entry.

Social Work Services
Specialized Housing Services

Social workers provide assistance to individuals with high medical/mental health needs to obtain transitional living, assisted living or skilled nursing care, as needed.


Needs addressed:  Re-entry

Social Work Services
Community Coordination

Social workers coordinate with a variety of community providers and agencies for mental health services, substance abuse treatment and medical services. Providers include the Veteran's Administration, DHHS, treatment agencies, private practice and non-profit organizations.


Needs Addressed:  Housing, medical, mental health, basic needs, re-entry. 

Social Work Services
Living Needs

Social workers assist individuals with high medical/mental health needs to find clothing resources, apply for benefits or general assistance and other life needs.


Needs addressed:  Social work services.

Social Work Services
ABC Core Curriculum

This program includes basic construction safety; introduction to construction math, hand tools, power tools, construction drawings and basic rigging; communication skills; and material handling.


Need addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Midplains Community College Classes Intro to Business Credit Course

Higher level education.


Needs addressed:  Education; life skills; outside interest.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Resume Workshop

Assists participants prepare for interviews; create resumes; do employment searches.


Needs addressed:  Employment; vocationa;; life skills.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Midplains Commercial Driver's License Preparatory Training

Commercial Driver's License Training.


Need addressed:  Employment.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
ABC Construction: OSHA Certificate***

This program provides an overview of safety applications on a construction site as well as training on governmental regulations.


Need Addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Midplains CPR and First Aid Training

CPR and First Aid training.


Need addressed:  Life skills.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
ABC OSHA General Industries

This course provides entry-level information about employee rights; employer responsibilities; how to file a complaint; how to identify and prevent job related hazards. 


Need Addressed:  Employment

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Midplains Community College Focus Four Hazards Training

Trains participants to respond to falls, caught in between, struck by and electrocutions--OSHA hazards focus.


Need addressed:  Employment and life skills.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Midplains Community College Forklift Operator Safety Training

Forklift operating and use training.


Need addressed:  Employment.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Budgeting Workshop

Assists participants to identify needs vs. wants.  Basic money management skills are presented. 


Need Addressed:  Life skills

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Nebraska Dept. of Transportation Flagger Course

The course provides necessary instruction and testing for certification as an NDOT Road Construction Flagger.  This certification is good for two years.


Need addressed:  Employment.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Additional Information

Individuals receive a program tailored to their needs, consisting of one or more of the following:

  • MRT (Moral Reconation Therapy)
  • Seven Habits on the Inside
  • Parenting
    • Destination Dads
    • Inside Out Dads
    • Within My Reach
    • Common Sense Parenting
    • Beyond Anger and From the Inside Out
  • Thinking for a Change
  • Substance Abuse Treatment - Intensive Outpatient
  • GED
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Pre-employment Workshops - Budgeting Class, Flagger Course
  • Prairie Gold Homes Construction Training
  • Intro to Business
  • ABC Construction - OSHA (Construction and General Industry; NCCER Core Curriculum and Construction Math)
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Recreation
  • Work Assignments

Special programs also available to those offenders/inmates who have earned such privileges include the Rewards and Trust programs.  These programs must be earned through positive behavior and program progress and participation.

News

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CONTACT Cara Wilwerding, Communications Manager

OFFICE 402-479-5712 | cara.wilwerding@nebraska.gov

Dec. 15, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – “I can’t wait to go back again.”

Speakers, presenters and entertainers from the Mid-America Speakers Bureau (MSB) have echoed these seven simple words time and time again after sharing their stories at Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) facilities.

MSB President Barry Carlson said despite setting a goal to speak in a prison before August of 2016, he was very apprehensive about his first visit to the Nebraska...Read more

Five Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) team members celebrated their pre-service graduation at the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) on Nov. 21. Congratulations!Read more

Each NDCS prison holds regular meetings of their Employee Positive Impact Council (EPIC). Today, Director Frakes held an agency-level meeting with representatives from each facility in attendance. The group engaged in dialogue on subjects such as communication, employee engagement and improving interactions with the incarcerated men and women.Read more

Five incarcerate individuals from the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility (NCYF) participated in a high school graduation ceremony on Nov. 9, but they represented a much larger group of individuals throughout the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS). These individuals have worked hard over the last year to finish something that, in some cases, they started many years ago. A total of 20 individuals were noted as part of this Fall 2017 graduating class (18 of them high school graduates) and not a quitter among them. Their commonality was not giving up on their high school education just because they were...Read more

Incarcerated men at the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) donated leftover pumpkins from their garden to the Bargain Bazaar. Thank you for your generosity. Happy Halloween!Read more

Incarcerated men at the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) saw great success with pumpkins and other crops in their garden this year. They plan to decorate and paint pumpkins, which will then be displayed in the administration building. Other pumpkins will be used for decorations around the facility, gifts for visiting families, pumpkin pies and donations to local grade schools. In addition to these pumpkins, the gardeners at WEC produced 19 pounds of radishes, 35 pounds of rhubarb, 672 pounds of zucchini, 512 pounds of yellow squash, 645 pounds of corn, 497 pounds of potatoes, 372 pounds of cucumbers, 56 pounds of peppers, 23 pounds of...Read more

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