Fourteen recruits graduated from Allan Hancock College’s CORE Custody Academy at a ceremony in Lompoc on Friday.
The graduates completed six weeks of training that consisted of 220 hours of instruction.
The course teaches students how to prepare for the physical, mental and emotional work of a correctional officer.
Friday’s ceremony gave graduates an opportunity to look back and express why they always wanted to join law enforcement.
“I wanted to join law enforcement for a long time. I kinda battled back and forth between different career paths but ultimately, I just wanted to serve my community and help others that aren’t able to help themselves,” said Jessica Standefer, Valedictorian Class #06.
Thirteen the 14 graduates will be working for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.