KCC to host career fairs Nov. 14 for future corrections officers

In anticipation of the State of Michigan hiring hundreds of additional corrections officers over the next year, Kellogg Community College is hosting a pair of career fairs next month to help people learn more about working in the corrections field.

The career fairs are 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at locations in Battle Creek and Coldwater. The locations are:

  • Classroom 303, Lane-Thomas Building, on the KCC campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek.
  • Student Lounge, KCC’s Grahl Center, 125 Seeley St., Coldwater.

Representatives from the Michigan Department of Corrections will be available at the career fairs, as will representatives from KCC’s Student Employment Services and Financial Aid offices. Nationally, corrections officers earn a median $39,020 annually and the occupation is expected to grow 5 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“It’s exciting that the State of Michigan is ramping up its hiring and we at KCC want to do everything we can to help people in our communities obtain those jobs,” said Ronald Ivey, director of KCC’s Criminal Justice programs.

Job seekers who attend one of the career fairs Nov. 14 also will find information about KCC’s Criminal Justice courses, five of which are designed to be completed together on a fast-track basis to certify future corrections officers and prepare them to take a state exam required for employment. The five-course certification will next be offered at the Grahl Center on weekday evenings over a 15-week period beginning in January 2013.

For information about Criminal Justice programs at Kellogg Community College, visit www.kellogg.edu/criminaljustice/index.html.