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Evening, weekend Jail Academy classes start March 28

March 9, 2017

Nicolet College will offer a part-time Jail Academy starting March 28 for individuals seeking the training for a career in corrections.

Classes will meet Tuesday evenings and on Saturdays for 12 weeks on the Nicolet Campus.

Jail Academy“This is a great opportunity for anyone who cannot attend classes during the day Monday through Friday to learn the skills they need to start a career in the corrections field,” said Tim Gerdmann, Academy director and Criminal Justice Services specialist at Nicolet.

Instruction and training in this Wisconsin Department of Justice program will cover all elements necessary to work in corrections. This includes how to admit and fingerprint new prisoners, search a jail cell, use communication skills to diffuse situations, how to physically control inmates, as well as the state laws and administrative codes governing jail operations.

“The program will give students the skills they need to effectively handle the day-to-day tasks along with the issues that are not so routine that crop up in a jail environment,” Gerdmann explained.

Currently 16 agencies in Wisconsin, including several in the Northwoods, are looking for corrections officers. Starting pay ranges from $16 per hour to $18.54 per hour.

Gerdmann noted those completing the program can use the experience as a stepping stone to more advanced credentials. These include Nicolet’s 16-credit Corrections Specialist diploma, which ladders into the college’s two-year Criminal Justice associate degree, often a requirement for other jobs such as county sheriff’s deputy or municipal police officer.

For more information, or to register, contact Gerdmann at (715) 365-4535 or by email at

Click here for more information about Nicolet’s academic programs in corrections and criminal justice or call (715) 365-4493; TTY 1-800-947-3529 of 711.