C-GCC held its first Pre-employment Corrections Academy commencement on June 1, awarding certificates to eight graduates from Columbia, Greene, and Ulster counties.
Designed for individuals seeking careers in municipal corrections, the 12-week, 192-hour course was developed this year by members of 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.
Lead by Program Director Sergeant Jeremy Huyck of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and Assistant Director Officer Jeremy Bear of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, the 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, including within city- and county-operated facilities. Phase two is completed in a post-employment setting.
The program’s inaugural graduates are:
Kayla Merritt of Ashland;
William Baker of Craryville;
Chester Blass and Brandon Rice, both of Ghent;
Arthur Oliver of Kinderhook;
Angela Selner of Round Top;
Samantha Burnett of Saugerties, and
Demi Wright of Valatie.
In addition, awards of excellence were presented to:
William Baker, Defensive Tactics Award;
Demi Wright, Highest Academic Average Award;
Brandon Rice, Overall Outstanding Cadet Award, and
Samantha Burnett, Most Improved Cadet Award.
Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett and Greene County Sheriff Gregory Seeley were in attendance to offer congratulations, as well as Columbia County John Davi, Greene County Superintendent Michael Spitz, and Greene County Officer Matthew Miller.