Del. 8th graders learn about probation and parole jobs
Two Delaware Department of Corrections and Parole Officers visited the students to explain training requirements and career opportunities
By Greg Friese
GEORGETOWN, Del. — Two Delaware Department of Corrections and Parole Officers, Matticks and Timmons, visited Georgetown Middle School to talk to students about a career in probation and parole.
The students in the Project Lead the Way class, part of the career and technical education program, learned that a career in probation parole involves the following training:
- Bachelor’s degree, 60 credit hours of college, military service, or other work experience
- 13 weeks in a Department of Corrections and Parole academy (Monday-Friday; no overnights)
- 6 weeks in the field with a training officer
The students also learned that probation and parole officers need to have people skills, counsel others, apply de-escalation tactics and knowledge of criminal law.
Matticks and Timmons gave students a hands-on learning opportunity by passing around an ankle monitor, while also explaining breathalyzers and home monitoring systems.