Columbia-Greene Community College, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division, and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office of Corrections have announced a new, pre-employment basic-training course for corrections officers, slated to begin Monday, March 5.
Designed for individuals seeking careers in municipal corrections, including within city- and county-operated facilities, this 192-hour course is approved by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and satisfies the phase-one requirements of the DCJS Basic Course for Corrections Officers (phase two is completed in a post-employment setting).
The program was developed by members of both the Criminal Justice department and the Office of Community Services at C-GCC, in partnership with members of the corrections divisions of both the Columbia and Greene County Sheriffs’ Offices.
Sgt. Jeremy Huyck of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division, who will serve as the program’s first director, explained that the 12-week course will meet in the evenings, with some weekend sessions, and will be taught by experienced corrections or law enforcement officers who hold DCJS Instructor Certifications.
“Our goals in designing the program are to open new career doors, enhance the employability of those seeking jobs in corrections, create networking opportunities, and overall, enhance people’s futures in law enforcement,” he said. “Corrections officers are an important part of our communities, ensuring safety and security.”
A mandatory information session is planned for Thursday, Feb. 15, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Columbia-Greene Community College. Municipal corrections employment opportunities are available in facilities across New York State, excluding New York City and state-operated corrections facilities.
For more information or to register for the information session, call 518.828.4181 ext. 3342.
Pictured: Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Bill DeLuca, Sgt. Jeremy Huyck of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division, Officer Jeremy Bear of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office of Corrections, Officer Matt Miller of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, and Bob Bodratti, Director of Community Services at a planning meeting for the new Corrections Officer Basic Training Course beginning Monday, March 5 at Columbia-Greene Community College.