Correctional officers graduate, begin careers


A group of students from Lansing Community College will soon start their careers as correctional officers here in mid-Michigan, helping the state meet a huge need.

It was a day for members of the law enforcement community to come together and celebrate the 10 new graduates and to wish them well on their future careers as correctional officers.The graduates represent five different precincts here in mid-Michigan. Some will start on their new assignments as early as Saturday.

Representatives from each precinct were there to congratulate their respective graduates along with family and friends. Speakers at the graduation talked about the special role these officers will have in rehabilitating people, something that one graduate says drew her to this career.

“I’ve always been interested in psychology and the way it works, why people do the things they do and stuff like that,” program graduate Jessica Mercer said. “And I understand that not everyone’s coming from the same background, that a lot of people don’t have the same resources as others. So I think I can help out in that way.”

Their graduation is good news for the Michigan Department of Corrections. Just a few months ago, a spokesman suggested in a news report that they were looking to fill 700 openings for corrections officers at 30 prisons across the state. The training program for correctional officers at lansing community college is considered to be one of the best in the state.

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