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ADOC, ACCS Partner for ACTIVATE Program to Support Future Alabama Correctional Officers

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDNews) – The Alabama Department of Corrections and the Alabama Community College System announced the creation of a career readiness program aimed at reducing barriers and launching college experience for future Alabama correctional officers.

ACTIVATE is a no-cost program that seeks to help those in need of additional assistance to become correctional officers with the Alabama Department of Corrections.

The ACTIVATE program is funded by the Alabama Legislature.

Those who apply to become correctional officers may be selected to participate in ACTIVATE, which helps residents meet the physical and educational pre-hiring requirements for correctional officer positions.

Those who successfully complete the ACTIVATE program could earn up to nine college credit hours at an Alabama community college, as well as preparation for the Corrections Academy and a career with the ADOC.

“There are plenty of applicants who want to serve our state by becoming well-trained correctional officers, but they need extra help to reach that goal. The ACTIVATE program is a huge leap toward ensuring their success and the success of Alabama’s correctional facilities,” said Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner John Q. Hamm.

“The Alabama Community College System is both proactive and responsive to meeting the needs of academic training and workforce development in Alabama, and this collaboration with the Department of Corrections is just one of many examples of how we support residents and the state in achieving their goals,” said Jimmy H. Baker, Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System.

The ACCS also offers more than six public safety training classes statewide at no cost to current law enforcement officers.

More information on the free training is available at www.accs.edu/publicsafety.