NMJC SNMCTA Graduation
8/20/2007 3:05:10 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. New Mexico Junior College's Southeastern New Mexico Corrections Training Academy graduated 11 cadets from its 36th Session on Friday, August 17, 2007. To graduate, cadets completed eight weeks of training, which included 320 hours of curriculum.
According to Dr. August Fons, NMJC Dean of Public Safety, "The purpose of this academy is to turn up and train the best corrections officers we can."
Four cadets were recognized for their outstanding performance during the academy. Mikko Barnes and Jacob Sanchez tied for the Physical Fitness Award. Jeremy Miles received the Academic Award, and Justin Jeffers received the Fire Arms Award.
Naomi Phillips, NMJC Assistant Director of the Corrections Training Academy, explained, "We expect these cadets to show up and become professional." Class Leader Marcus Thomas responded with, "The most important lesson we learned was to work as a team. We now realize the lives of our co-workers rest in our hands. We came into the academy as cadets, and we are leaving as leaders."
Upon pinning the cadets with their badges, Phillips challenged each to reflect upon their duties as corrections officers by remembering, "A badge is a shield that protects the heart; the heart is a shield that protects the badge."