The Product Development Center (PDC) at Oakhill Correctional Institution is an exciting new addition to BCE that opened in April 2019. The PDC helps promote the mission of BCE by creating digital assets in support of BCE sales activities, and also engineering and production support for the full life cycle of BCE products. The PDC develops a wide range of engineering and graphic assets such as catalogs, brochures, and manufacturing drawings and models. The PDC also has the capability to produce clean-sheet, purpose built product designs.
Our PDC workers use latest generation workstations equipped with sophisticated applications such as the graphics and presentation oriented Adobe Creative Suite, and the market leading CAD systems AutoCAD and SolidWorks. Inmate workers sharpen their business acumen by working in an environment that is as similar to a private sector company as possible. This experience, along with developing relevant technical skills, helps improve the possibility that our workers will successfully re-enter and contribute to their communities upon release.