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Kentucky State University teams with Fayette Community Corrections on new certificate program

Urban County Government
Fayette Community Corrections Director Scott Colvin

Community Corrections in Lexington is partnering with Kentucky State University to offer a new corrections certificate program. The additional educational opportunity comes in the form of an eight-week online format. Frederick Williams Junior is chair of KSU’s School of Criminal Justice and Government Relations. Williams said education in all areas is important, especially with populations that can be difficult to manage at times.

“Training can’t provide it all…so additional education is gonna benefit them, especially if they decide to move up into the promotional process here within the agency. They’ll get some additional points for increased education,” said Williams.

Williams said participation in the course can lead to a four- year degree in criminal justice. He said this is KSU’s first such relationship with a jail, but it may also be marketed to Louisville Metro.

Fayette Community Corrections Director Scott Colvin noted the long-term benefits include keeping up with technologies, changes to law, and improvements in ethical development. Colvin added his agency offers tuition reimbursement to help cover the cost of the course.

Colvin said there are several positive culture changes that interest him. He adds, quote, “you’re only as good as your training, you’re only as good as your education. Knowledge lights the path."

Corporal Emily Brian has worked at the jail for almost 18 years. She said any opportunity to gain further education is a plus. Brian said corrections workers are not always seen a part of the law enforcement world, but they are.

“We are here 24/7 with these people. We get to know these people. We are the ones that can be the access for all departments because we do have that knowledge of these people,” said Brian.

The online corrections certification program for Fayette County officers begins this fall.

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Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 35 years. His primary beat is Lexington/Fayette government.
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