COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Kellogg Community College is hosting a career fair in Coldwater this afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. to help people learn more about working in the corrections field. The event at KCC’s Grahl Center is happening in anticipation of the State of Michigan hiring hundreds of additional corrections officers over the next year.
The college hosted two similar fairs in November in Battle Creek and Coldwater. Representatives from the Michigan Department of Corrections will be available at the career fair, as will representatives from KCC’s Student Employment Services and Financial Aid offices
Nationally, corrections officers earn a median $39,000 annually and the occupation is expected to grow 5 percent over the decade up to 2020, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job seekers who attend the event also will receive information about KCC’s Criminal Justice courses, five of which are designed to be completed together on a fast track basis to certify future corrections officers and prepare them to take a state exam required for employment. The five-course certification will be offered at the Grahl Center on weekday evenings over a 15-week period beginning this month.