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Palmer Correctional Center participates in Smiles for a Child partnership

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Smiles for a Child family day at Palmer Correctional Center in 2011

KCC Public Safety and Security students to create smiles for a child

Students in the King Career Center’s Public Safety and Security class are conducting a community service project that pairs them with the Palmer Correctional Center in Sutton, Alaska. The project, called Smiles for a Child, will benefit children in need during the holiday season.

“Incarcerated parents are usually unable to give their child a gift at Christmas,” said Teena Calkin, the course instructor. “The students in this criminal justice class are working with the correctional facility in hopes that they can bring a smile to a child during the holiday season.”

The gifts will be wrapped and either shipped or delivered to inmate’s children. For those who can travel to the correctional facility, a special visitation is provided to allow inmates to give their children the gift in person.

This year, collection boxes have been set up at the following locations:

  • ASD Education Center – Anchorage
  • Back in Motion Chiropractic – Anchorage
  • Gensco – Anchorage
  • Ferguson – Anchorage and Wasilla
  • King Career Center – Anchorage
  • Krazy Moose Subs – Wasilla
  • Strands Hair Salon – Anchorage
  • Very Berry Cool Yogurt – Wasilla
  • Tres Chic Salon – Anchorage

The class is looking to local retailers for assistance in providing gifts as well as postage for those that are out of state.If you are interested in donating gifts or postage, contact Teena Calkin 742-8996 or calkin_teena@asdk12.org.

Correctional Officer Academy 118 Graduates 30

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Graduating Class of Correctional Officer Academy 118

The Alaska Department of Corrections Correctional Officer Academy #118 graduated on November 16, 2012. Thirty Correctional Officers who represent Institutions throughout Alaska spent the last six weeks learning the Policies and Procedures of the department, Effective Communication and various other curriculums. Officers attending this Academy included seven military veterans; a 24 year retired Correctional Officer from Texas and five officers who have relatives currently working for Alaska DOC. Congratulations to the Correctional Officers Class #118. Correctional Officer Class #119 begins on February 18, 2013.