Now Hiring: Department of Corrections
They're adding hundreds of jobs, and it's not because of more crime. Video by fox47news.comvideo
"I've always had an interest in law enforcement," Walton Smith and his family decided now is a good time to take the plunge into a career as a corrections officer; maybe working in parole: "I really like working with juveniles, catching the behavior at an early age."
He's looking forward to a new start with a salary around $40,000 a year, and he'll have company; he's joining 187 others from all across the state graduating Friday.
It's become a growing field, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections; expecting to add hundreds of jobs over the next decade, on top of the 260 a year opening up because of retirement. It's a spark of hope after years of a hiring freeze during the recession.
"We're taking a more aggressive role," and it's not because there could be more criminals to take care of, but a new effort to re-open facilities, and keep a closer eye on criminals. "We just re-opened a corrections facility in Muskegon, so there's about 300 employees that will go to that."
There are about 7,000 correction officers in the state now, which fills a wide range of positions dealing with prisoners, and trying to rehabilitate many of them back into society.
"You actually make a difference," said Smith. The part he and his family are most looking forward too.
For more information on how to qualify for one of these jobs, visit www.michigan.gov/corrections.
There are also a couple career fairs coming up where you can get more information at the Kellogg Community College.
Both are Wednesday, November 14, 3-5 p.m.
One is in KCC's Lane-Thomas Building, room 303 at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek.
The other, KCC's Grahl Center at 125 Seeley St., Coldwater.