North Carolina Department of Correction
June 3, 1999 graduation of first class
Secretary Beck awards certificates to first class
Graduation for the first class to complete the department's Correction Leadership and Development Program brought together the 22 graduates, their families, managers and the three Correction Secretaries who worked to establish it.
The graduates received congratulations, diplomas and 16 hours of college credit from Mount Olive College for their hard work over the past nine months. The 22 correction managers earned their rewards by tackling an action project, mentoring with three different senior managers and meeting class 22 days, often putting in 10 to 12 hour days.
The idea for the program was first discussed by Franklin Freeman and Mack Jarvis in 1993 when Freeman was Correction Secretary and Jarvis Deputy Secretary. Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Freeman remembered discussions about the loss of experience with the retirement of a number of managers who had worked thirty years for the agency.
"As Mack talked about some of these people he had served with whose retirements we were going to, he would talk about how in the late 1960s, he came to Raleigh when Lee Bounds was director of prisons to a course that Mr. Bounds had started," Freeman said. "As he ticked off the names of the people who were in the class with him, they were the people whose retirements we were attending."
When Freeman left to become Governor Hunt's Chief of Staff and Jarvis was named Secretary of Correction, Jarvis made the training program a priority. He encouraged senior managers, held important planning discussions with the leaders of the Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and put Correction Staff Training managers to work preparing the program.
"We wanted training specific to North Carolina that would prepare our managers to make the best, ethical, business-based decisions about running our agency," Jarvis said. "We wanted a cross pollination of ideas and experiences from managers in the different divisions and we wanted a chance for our senior managers to pass on their experiences through mentoring."
The work that began last September when the class first met has been reviewed by Mount Olive College. College Vice President Barbara Kornegay told the graduates the college will award them 16 hours of college credit for participation in the program. The college and department are working to formalize an agreement that will help institutionalize the management training program.
"There is no comparable management or leadership development program in the country and there has not been for the last 25 years anywhere in American corrections. There has been no leadership or management effort that has been anywhere near this ambitious," said Jeff Schwartz, a consultant who led the training. "North Carolina Department of Correction is and has been a national leader in a number of ways. This is another area where this state is setting the pace and setting the standard nationally. You should be pleased and proud with that."
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