Scholarship Recipients Tour Correctional Facility Begin Studies

first_img Two African-Nova Scotian students toured the correctionalfacility they hope to work in someday, as they begin collegestudies as the first recipients of the Morton Simmondsscholarship. Algeron Smith, 22, of North Preston, and Larissa Downey, 19, ofCherry Brook/Lake Loon, are first-year students in the HumanServices (Correctional Services) diploma program at the Trurocampus of the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC). Followinggraduation, both are guaranteed employment contracts withcorrectional services in the Nova Scotia Department of Justice. “I want to be a role model,” said Mr. Smith. “I thrive on helpingpeople, and that’s how I know a career in correctional servicesis for me.” Ms. Downey added: “I feel this is a great opportunity for ourcommunities. I would like to give back some of what my communityhas given to me.” Justice Minister Michael Baker joined the students for lunch andtour of the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Burnsidetoday, Sept. 8. “I’d like to congratulate Algeron and Larissa and wish them allthe best during their college studies,” he said. “CorrectionalServices is a rewarding, challenging career and we look forwardto their positive contributions.” The scholarship was announced in October 2003 in honour of MortonSimmonds, a former correctional worker and community leader fromNorth Preston. Partners include the North Preston GospelTechnology Association, the Nova Scotia Community College and thecorrectional services division in the Department of Justice. “This scholarship showcases the calibre of future correctionalservices’ professionals in Nova Scotia,” said Peggy Joiner, afaculty member for NSCC’s correctional services program, TruroCampus. “At NSCC, we have the opportunity to know great studentslike Algeron and Larissa during a key part of their education,and we’re pleased to welcome them to be a part of an enthusiasticand comprehensive learning community.” Larrie Wright, a captain and equity manager at the correctionalfacility, said he is pleased at today’s milestone. “This isgreat. It brings together the community of North Preston, ourcollege system and a government department, to help developcareers for two African Nova Scotians.” Each scholarship is valued at about $6,000 for the two years ofstudy. The scholarship will be offered again this year. The NSCC program is designed to prepare students for entry-levelpositions in adult and youth corrections, in both institutionaland community settings. Correctional workers perform a variety ofactivities intended to ensure the security and safety of staffand inmates. Increasingly, they are involved in assessment, caseplanning and counselling of those in their care. The NSCC programis a cornerstone in justice-related training in the province andis committed to the professional development of its students. JUSTICE–Scholarship Recipients Tour Correctional Facility, BeginStudieslast_img read more