|Job Shadow Program|
|By James Callahan MA DOC|
The Massachusetts Department of Correction is in its second year of hosting students from various schools and major studies in the Job Shadow Program. Our objective is to give students the opportunity to visit our Institutions/Divisions and work along side our staff to see what employment in the DOC entails. The Department has developed strong relationships with administrators from schools such as Suffolk University, Bridgewater State University, Rhode Island College and many more.
In the last few months, the program has hosted 22 students from 10 different colleges and universities. Staff at MCI Framingham, Bridgewater State Hospital, Pondville Correctional Center, MCI Norfolk, MCI Concord, Souza Baranowski Correctional Center and MCI Shirley have provided valuable insight and information to the students. Their feedback is warmly expressed below:
“I was impressed by the facility and the staff’s knowledge of the area and appreciated receiving a tour of the vicinity. This experience has taught me so much when it comes to the possibilities I have within my major and future career choice. This job shadow has also solidified my decision to take on a minor in criminal justice as well as my current major…” Kenia Rivera- Bridgewater State University
“Thanks to the job shadowing I learned that working in a correction facility is what I want to do. This experience is one of the best ones of my whole life and I'll remember it forever. I loved the jobs that the Correction Program Officers and IPS Unit did there and I felt so honored to learn how the whole facility is run and how everybody has to work together.” Andy Montan- Rhode Island College
“I'd like to thank the Massachusetts Department of Correction again for putting together the Job Shadow Day Program. I found it very helpful, especially since I will be graduating in June with a degree in Criminal Justice. It means a lot to me that the department took the time to help others with guidance for their futures. Everyone was very helpful in answering questions and giving us useful information.” Emily DeBarros- University of Massachusetts at Boston
“The tour and individual sessions within the facility were very informative. I am interested in a career within the criminal justice field and this Job Shadow Program was very helpful.” Keri Cusson- Bridgewater State University
“Thank you for allowing me to go to Bridgewater State Hospital for my job shadow. I very much enjoyed the experience I had there and would love to pursue a career in this field. My experience there was exciting, fun and very informative. I learned a lot about the daily tasks of the IPS unit that is within the hospital. I feel now, after having this experience, that I would be an asset to the Department of Correction. The people I met there gave me the confidence and believed that I could have a successful career within the DOC.” Michelle Spinney- Bridgewater State University
Editors Note: Reprinted with permission from the Massachusetts DOC
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