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Become a Corrections Officer in Just Four Weeks at Kalamazoo Valley

The Kalamazoo Valley Law Enforcement Training Center at Kalamazoo Valley Community College is offering a four-week-long Corrections Officer Academy that runs from February 17 to March 13 to help fill the growing number of open corrections positions in state prisons. Classes are held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Groves Campus.

KALAMAZOO, Mich., Jan. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The Kalamazoo Valley Law Enforcement Training Center at Kalamazoo Valley Community College is offering a four-week-long Corrections Officer Academy that runs from February 17 to March 13 to help fill the growing number of open corrections positions in state prisons. Classes are held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Groves Campus.

The Corrections Officer Academy is a Michigan Sheriffs Coordinating and Training Council-approved, 160-hour certification program for correctional personnel supervising inmates in county jails. The average starting salary is $35,849 while highly experiences workers can earn as much as $53,306.

This four-week program focuses on obtaining the skills necessary to maintain the safety and security of a correctional facility. The tuition is $1,200 and the program is eligible for funding through the Kalamazoo Promise, Veterans Administration Education Benefits and the Michigan No Worker Left Behind program.

The academy curriculum consists of the following training modules:
Booking and Intake
Correctional Law
Cultural Diversity
Custody and Security
Defensive Tactics
Ethics in Corrections
Fire Safety
Interpersonal Communications
Prisoner Behavior
Report Writing
Workplace Harassment
Stress Management
Suicide Awareness
First Aid / CPR / AED

Open enrollment will take place at the Groves Campus Monday, February 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Due to limited space for the academy, candidate evaluations will be conducted to determine admittance into the program. Admission to the program will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis to those who meet the minimum eligibility requirements. To be eligible for academy consideration, participants must: be at least 18 years of age; possess a high school diploma or equivalent; apply to become a Kalamazoo Valley student; have no prior felony convictions (including expunged convictions); and successfully meet minimum scores on
Kalamazoo Valley placement tests. Minimum Next Generation Accuplacer placement scores include a 236 in Reading and a 247 in Writing.

Individuals interested in coming to open enrollment should bring their driver's license and placement scores. To reserve a seat in the academy, a nonrefundable deposit of $250 is required at the time of registration. The application deadline is February 12.

For more information, visit http://www.kvcc.edu/corrections or contact Victor Ledbetter at 269.353.1261 or vledbetter@kvcc.edu or Kenyatta Herrion at 269.353.1280 or kherrion@kvcc.edu.

 

SOURCE Kalamazo Valley Community College