- Associated Press - Friday, January 23, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State-funded corrections officer academies are slated to reopen less than two years after training was handed over to seven Michigan community colleges.

The Lansing State Journal reports (https://on.lsj.com/1uDCbRp ) Friday that the Michigan Department of Corrections is looking to hire 1,000 officers this year and will close down the college training academies this spring.

Recruits at the state-funded academies will be hired when their training starts. All tuition will be covered by the state.

Corrections spokesman Chris Gautz says two academies could be opened as early as March.

The newspaper reports that the Corrections Department has about 600 vacant positions. The department hopes to bring in 300 recruits in its first few academies.

The department’s centralized academy was closed in 2013 to cut costs.

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