Bakersfield College Holds 2023 Corrections Academy Graduation

BC Correctional Academy Graduation participants on stage with opening speaker

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Bakersfield College hosted its 2023-02 Corrections Academy Graduation on September 22 to recognize and honor thirty-two students who completed a rigorous program that aligns meticulously with the standards set by the Board of State and Community Corrections.

All students completed 210 hours of training that included written work, physical activity, and self-defense training, which was intended to provide all graduating students with the necessary mental and physical skills to sustain their employment as a sheriff.

“This position demands unwavering integrity, empathy, and a strong sense of duty. Not everyone can do this job, but we have thirty-two people here that have the capability to do it, and what they do is extremely important for public safety," said Associate Professor and master of ceremonies, Todd Dearmore.

Correctional academy graduation participants with Kern County Sheriff Representatives

Present at the event was Sheriff Donny Youngblood, his distinguished command staff, and esteemed personnel from the Kern County Sheriff's Office. He and his team assisted in formally pinning students with their badges, and they were sworn into office as Kern County Sheriff Detention Deputies.

Bakersfield College’s mission is to give students the opportunity to excel in all their current and future endeavors, and with the help and support of staff, and the Kern County Sheriff Department, this program has and will continue to prepare students for the roles they will fill in the future. 

For students interested in being a part of the program, you can find information on the Bakersfield College website.

Correctional Academy student speaking to attendees

Correctional Academy graduate recieving honorary pin and certificat

Four Correctional Academy students receiving special recognition

graduate participating in swear-in portion of the graduation ceremony