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Correctional Officer Academy 118 Graduates 30

Class 118

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.

Correctional Officer Academy 117 graduates 30

Correctional Officer Academy 117 had 30 new officers graduate on August 24. The DOC Training Academy reported the graduates represented institutions located in Anchorage, Eagle River, Matsu, Fairbanks, Seward, Juneau and Kenai. The first Correctional Officers assigned to the newly opened Goose Creek Prison graduated and are pictured with Commissioner Joe Schmidt and Goose Creek Superintendent Amy Rabeau. The key-note speaker for the graduation ceremony was Palmer Mayor DeLena Johnson. The ceremony was held at the Palmer Railroad Depot.

State Fair focus of DOC recruitment effort


The Alaska Department of Corrections has again focused on the Alaska State Fair as a venue for recruitment. The DOC Recruitment Team has taken the lead with a great deal of assistance and support from dedicated department volunteers. “Smiling, shaking hands, handing out pens and answering loads of questions about the Department, our hiring practices and the many facilities around the State, our Officers continued to build its positive relationship between the Department and the fair going public,” said Dan Traxinger, recruitment team leader and Training Academy director. The Recruitment Team will be present at an ambitious roster of public events this fall and into 2012.

Department Honors Probation Officer Academy Graduates


Probation Officer Academy 22 graduated on April 15. Graduates included: David Abbott, Molly Fortunato, Joshua Hooyer, Denice McKenzie, Emily Sakis, Scott Vukich, Anchorage Probation Office; Michael Zener, Brad Nye, Kristine Bailie, Wildwood Correctional Center; Markus Bressler, Juneau EM; Sheri White, Fairbanks Probation Office; Julene Webber, Amber Ingalls-Adkins, Anchorage Correctional Complex; Demetrios Kargas, Yukon-Kuskokwim Correctional Center; Selest Dominguez, Hiland Mountain Correctional Center; Lindy Henrick, Ketchikan Correctional Center; and Joseph Jennetten, Anvil Mountain Correctional Center.

Recruitment Team prepares for busy spring schedule

The Department of Corrections recruitment team will be active and visible across Alaska this month. “March is Job Fair season,” said Acting Academy Commander and recruitment leader Dan Traxinger. “We will be present individually or as a team at six job fairs or events this month.” Both Correctional Officers and Probation Officers will be taking time out to man the booths. The job fairs and events are as follows:

  • March 16 … Anchorage Job Fair, Dena’ina Center
  • March 17 … Mat-Su Job Fair, Mat-Su College
  • March 18 … Total Force Job Fair, Alaska National Guard Armory, Fort Richardson
  • March 18 … Y-K Delta Job Fair, Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center, Bethel
  • March 19 … Kenai Peninsula Job Fair, Soldotna Sports Center
  • March 31-April 4, Great Alaska Sportsman’s Show, Sullivan/Ben Boeke Arena