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Spring Creek Names Amy Komarek Employee of the Year

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SCCC 2013 EOY Amy Kromarek

Spring Creek Correctional Center is proud to announce that Amy Komarek has been named Employee of the Year for 2013. A graduate of Southern Illinois University, Amy currently hold the title of Administrative Assistant I at SCCC, where she is known for her professionalism and cheerful manner. “Amy Komarek is the kind of ‘go to gal’ that will get things done in a cheerful and compassionate manner,” said Superintendent Clare Sullivan. ” Often times she has to work with difficult and sensitive personnel matters and her attitude is of service for each employee. We’re all fortunate to have such consummate professional who looks to provide the best quality human resource management and services for all at SCCC.” L. Dean Marshall, Superintendent of YKCC, who served as Acting Superintendent at Spring Creek for nearly a year said “Amy maintains a courteous and pleasant demeanor, while juggling a significant workload. She has done a phenomenal job with recruitment and assisting the many out of state applicants with their transition to the Seward community and to the DOC family. She is an awesome person, and it has been a pleasure to work with her!”

Goose Creek Graduates 31 in Construction Core Course

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GCCC NCCER graduating class

On March 7th, 2014, Goose Creek Correctional Center (G.C.C.C.) graduated its first NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) Core class. There were 31 inmates who earned their credentials. Present was Superintendent John Conant, NCCER training sponsor from the Construction Education Foundation Mandy Beaulieu, Criminal Justice Planner for Education Gary Olsen, probation and correctional officers and the vocational staff. The Core Course is the gateway training for graduates to obtain basic construction knowledge and safety concepts. Once they have graduated this course, it opens up opportunities to take specific trade training. During the ceremony Mr. Conant spoke to the assembly about his experiences with construction and his support for training in the construction field.

There are two N.C.C.E.R. trade specific programs in progress at G.C.C.C. – Electrical and HVAC/R (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration). They are mostly populated with inmates who had already earned their N.C.C.E.R Core credentials elsewhere. More programs are scheduled to begin shortly. NCCER meets and/or exceeds most U.S. Department of Labor training requirements. It is used in various apprenticeship training programs, in technical colleges, and vocational schools. It is a standard for many large national companies and industrial education programs. The credentials are nationally portable and verifiable. The G.C.C.C. education/vocational department has been busy with many short-term and intermediate training projects in other disciplines but this represents the first long term, nationally credentialed construction training curriculum to be implemented at this facility . Construction is an important industry to Alaska and many employment opportunities are available when an offender re-enters the community. Evidence based practices prove education and training are likely to reduce recidivism. The N.C.C.E.R. curriculum at Goose Creek also enhances the Department’s mission and vision of providing reformative programs.

— Voc Ed Coordinator Tim Flannery

Nighswonger Named Lemon Creek Employee of the Year

Photo of LCCC 2014 Employee of the Year Zane Nighswonger

LCCC EOY Officer Zane Nighswonger

The 2014 Lemon Creek Correctional Center Employee of the Year is Correctional Officer Zane Nighswonger. Officer Nighswonger was selected by a diverse group of Lemon Creek Correctional peers, from a large group of nominees for this honor. Officer Nighswonger has worked at Lemon Creek Correctional Center for approximately 2 ½ years, and has shown a positive team oriented work ethic. He is always available to assist other staff and get the job done. Officer Nighswonger has over the last year shown through his personnel efforts and example a new meaning of dedication for all of us. His professional demeanor and abilities as a Correctional Officer reflects positively on him, and the Department of Corrections. Correctional Officer Nighswonger’s selection as Lemon Creek Correctional Center’s 2014 employee of the Year is one we can all be proud of. Please join me in congratulating Zane Nighswonger in this honor.

— Superintendent Scott Wellard

Ketchikan Inmates Participate in Marine Safety Training

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AMSEA Training at Ketchikan Correctional Center

Southeast Alaska is an ocean environment. Ketchikan has consistently ranked in the top 20 ports in the nation for commercial fishery landings and annually generates over $54 million dollars worth of revenue for the local economy. As such fishery captains desire job ready employees that can jump on a ship qualified to work. With that in mind, Ketchikan Correctional Center recently offered skills ready training in marine safety. Sixteen inmates successfully completed the 18-hour Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) training program by Dug Jensen, a qualified marine safety instructor. During the class, inmates learned proper safety procedures, demonstrated the ability to set up a vessel evacuation plan, demonstrated the ability to get into a survival suit in under a minute and to inflate and properly enter a life raft. They also learned how to deal with vessel fires and proper protocol for sending and receiving distress messages.

— Superintendent Jessica Mathews

Probation Officer Academy Graduates Class of 22

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Probation Officer Academy Graduating Class

A class of 22 Probation Officers representing both field and institutional probation from throughout Alaska graduated on February 28th 2014 at the Department of Corrections Training Academy. In this Academy were 13 women and nine men. The students spent eight weeks learning Core Values, Legal Issues, One-On-One Control Techniques, Case File Management, Field Visits, OC, Taser, Firearms, Mental Health, Report Writing, Civil Law, and various other curriculums. Congratulations to Probation Officer Academy #25.

— Lt. Scott Dial