KCC is offering free “Corrections Connect” Training for eligible Battle Creek residents

Corrections students practice wrapping bandages in class.

Kellogg Community College is seeking applicants for a free training program starting May 6 to prepare recruits for potential employment with the Michigan Department of Corrections.

The training will be offered at no cost for eligible Battle Creek residents who meet income guidelines.

KCC’s Corrections Connect training program, offered through the College’s Innovative Accelerated Credentialed Training (iACT) initiative, has 10 seats allotted and will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays from May 6 through July 19 at New Level Sports Ministries, located at 400 Michigan Ave. in Battle Creek.

The Corrections Connect Training Program will prepare students for the Officer Recruit Training Program with the MDOC. Students who complete the training will be prepared for potential employment with the MDOC as corrections officers or related positions within correctional facilities.

The program training includes:

  • Workplace essential courses and technical training
  • Career coaches to help with goal setting, academic advising, barrier removal and job placement
  • Financial literacy training
  • Built-in work-based learning activities
  • Industry recognized credentials
  • Preparation for the MDOC interview and physical skills test

Students can also earn the WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate and eight college credits as part of their training, including four credits for completing CRJU 130: Introduction to Corrections and four credits for completing OIT 130: Office Procedures/Keyboarding 1.

Workforce Solutions Program Manager Tricia Griggs said Corrections Connect training seeks to create a bridge from education into actual employment for those interested in high-paying careers in a criminal justice/corrections profession.

The MDOC requires corrections officers in the state to earn 15 college credits within a certain number of months from their hiring date to maintain employment. Those who complete their iACT Corrections Connect training can continue their education at KCC and complete their remaining requirements via an Associate of Applied Science in Corrections degree or a Corrections Professional Certificate. More information about those programs is available at kellogg.edu/corrections.

Deadlines and Eligibility

Individuals interested in participating in Corrections Connect training offered via KCC’s iACT initiative must contact KCC at 269-565-2828 or complete the information form online at kellogg.edu/iact by 5 p.m. Friday, April 19. Interested individuals are encouraged to sign up soon, as spaces are limited and fill up quickly.

The program is open at no cost to Battle Creek residents who meet income guidelines. Participants must be at least 18 years of age, provide a high school transcript or GED, complete the Accuplacer Next Generation test and be able to attend the training for extended hours daily for the duration of the program. A criminal history background check will be run prior to the start date.

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