Kim Kempton’s journey to this field started over 30 years ago. After high school, she took a gap year. “I did not know what I wanted to do as a career, and I needed time to work it out.”
She worked as a waitress for a year, and then went to a small college in Vermont, USA, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management. “The four-year degree in HR management was a springboard to great careers,” says Kim.
Right after she graduated, she obtained a position with the PEI government. After working in a group home, she went on to become manager of a group home. Then she worked in child and family services as a resource worker with adolescents in care.
“In 1999, a one-year opportunity came up at the Correctional Centre. I thought I would not want to stay more than a year, but I never left. My past experiences correlated with this work and it was a fit for me. Looking back, I had a great career.”
“Applicants must have graduated from a correctional officer program such as the one at Holland College, or have a university degree. People with degrees can be trained in security measures if they have a good background in handling crisis-oriented circumstances and a deep desire to serve the public in this field.”
Provincial custody programs and community programs on PEI
- Provincial Correctional Centre in Charlottetown
- Prince County Correctional Centre in Summerside
- PEI Youth Centre in Summerside
- Correctional Officer
- Youth Worker
- Counsellor – addictions, family, and more
- Management and Supervisory positions
- Human Resources
- Probation Officer
- Victim Services Management
“It is a challenging yet rewarding career choice, but it is very important to do your research and know what you are getting into,” says Kim.
For more about the Holland College Correctional Officer program, visit www.hollandcollege.com/programs/correctional-officer.