ALPENA, Mich. — At the beginning of June, Alpena Community College started hosting their annual corrections officer academy. On June 25, participants will graduate with the skills needed to serve in any jail in the state.
Over the course of the program, they’ll learn things like first aid, stress management, fire safety and custody procedures among others. This week is completely dedicated to learning subject control as Dean of Workforce Development for ACC, Dawn Stone explains. “The students are all learning safe and effective techniques to use and of course what not to use,” she said. One technique being taught was exploiting each other’s pressure points, usually used to control an individual.
The participants try to utilize proper social distancing practices whenever possible, but for this week, extra precautions are being taken. “Obviously they can’t maintain distances in this environment, so they all have masks and gloves on, but they’ve been really wonderful,” said Stone. “It’s been good for the college as a whole to prepare for fall when we are planning on doing in person classes.”
The 22 participants will graduate on Thursday, June 25 on the lawn outside of Park Arena.