UNION — Twenty-five people took the first step toward becoming correctional officers with the S.C. Department of Corrections during a Friday job fair.
The job fair at the SCWorks Union office was conducted by the SCDOC’s Recruiting & Employment Services Branch which is seeking to fill positions for correctional officers at the Tyger River Correctional Facility.
Lieutenant Recruiter Dennis W. Dobbs was one of three SCDOC recruiters who interviewed applicants during Friday’s job fair. Dobbs, the senior recruiter, said the application each of the 25 applicants participating in the job fair submitted and the subsequent interview they underwent by him or one of his fellow recruiters is just the first step in the hiring process. He said that if it is determined that an applicant has met the necessary criteria for further consideration, his office will conduct a criminal check and a background check on them.
If they pass the criminal and background checks, Dobbs said an applicant will undergo a second interview at his office in Columbia. Dobbs said if an applicant passes the second interview, the next step is to have them undergo physical/medical screening. He said if they pass the physical/medical screening they are then fitted for a uniform and their information sent to the institution they will be working out which will process their paperwork.
Applicants are then assigned a date for one week of orientation and a date for six weeks of training at the S.C. Department of Corrections Academy. Once they successfully complete their training at the academy, Dobbs said the applicant will be afully certified correctional officer.
Dobbs added that prior to going to the academy, the applicant will undergo on the job training at Tyger River Correctional Facility. He said they will be assigned to work with a certified officer during this part of the process.
Correctional officers at the Tyger River Correctional Facility work 12-hour shifts with no rotation. Officers work 14 days a month and have two weekends off each month.
The positions pay $24,000 and up and benefits include medical and life insurance, retirement, and vacation.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, Ext. 14.