AK DOC Today

News, Events, and Activities in the Alaska Department of Corrections

Commissioner Leads ‘Choose Respect’ Rally in Barrow

Commissioner Joe Schmidt along with Special Assistant Kaci Schroeder represented Governor Sean Parnell at the ‘Choose Respect’ Rally and March in Barrow on Friday, March 29, 2013. Close to 100 residents took part in the quarter-mile march from the Kiita Learning Center to the Inupiat Heritage Center. The Commissioner addressed the crowd and after the march participated in a community potluck lunch.

32 Correctional Officers Graduate from Academy #119

CO Academy 119

Academy #119 Graduates

A class of 32 Correctional Officers representing nine institutions throughout Alaska graduated from Alaska Department of Corrections Academy #119 on March 29, 2013. In this Academy there were 14 women and 18 men. The students spent six weeks learning the Policies and Procedures of the department, Effective Communication, Shotgun training, Taser training, One-On-One Control Techniques, Cultural Awareness and various other curriculums. Officers attending this Academy include 10 military veterans and five officers who have relatives currently working for Alaska DOC. Congratulations to the Correctional Officers of Class #119.

PCC Welding Instruction Program Graduates First Class

Palmer Welding First Graduates

Back row left to right: Kyle White, Jason Mitchel, Jason Rose, Steve Smith, Instructor Jake Simpson, Daniel Mingo, Timothy Jean and Daniel Morgan; Front row left to right: Bradley Wilson, Tommy Ningealook, Elmer Downey

Ten inmates from Palmer Correctional Center completed the first Welding Instructional Program held at the facility and were honored in a graduation exercise that included other students, staff and officers. This graduation, on March 26, 2013, was the culmination of the efforts of many people involved in the planning, coordination and implementation of this program. The inmates involved in this program are given the instruction and tools needed to learn valuable skills that are highly sought after in the private sector. It is hoped that graduates will find suitable employment in this trade when they are released from incarceration and that the PCC Welding Program will receive a reputation for the quality of instruction it provides.