MADISON, Wis. -

Wisconsin has started a training program to teach prison inmates basic manufacturing and math skills.

The program is currently being offered at Taycheedah Correctional Institution near Fond du Lac, and state prisons in Oshkosh and Kettle Moraine.

Inmates spend six weeks learning the basics of quality control and safety, machine maintenance and repair, machine operation, computer controls and blueprint reading. They're given a test at the end of training.

Jim Golembeski, executive director of the Bay Area Workforce Development Board, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the program is designed to fill the gap in Wisconsin's manufacturing workforce. But it's too early to say whether it will be successful.

The full program has been offered in Oshkosh, and the Taycheedah inmates are in their third week of training.