Bunker Hill, Ind. – With 5,000 square feet of training space, Miami Correctional Facility (MCF) recently increased its ability to train from 55 students to more than 150 students at a time.
MCF serves as the hub for the North Central Training Region. Staff from MCF and Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility also train their new employees at the upgraded training facility. Other regional training programs held at MCF include Women in Leadership, Basic Supervisory Skills for Custody Staff, DOC Supervisory, Oder in the Court, and From Correctional Fatigue to Fulfillment.
The new Staff Development Center officially opened August 20 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new space allows for separate break areas, four classrooms (increased by two over the previous training building), and a computer lab. It also contains office space for each of the trainers and administrative staff.
The former training building was a part of the former Grissom Air Force Base and is the site of the facility’s current shooting range. MCF Warden William Hyatte welcomed several staff, including executive directors, wardens and facility staff to the open house in celebration of the new building.
The new Development center was transformed from a portion of the facility’s warehouse building. It took about 15 months to construct. Construction was led by Physical Plant Director Gene Cooper and his maintenance team. Cooper was recently honored with a Commissioner’s Coin for his work.
MCF Warden William Hyatte, Training Coordinator Charles Williams, Executive Director Nancy Riley, MCF Physical Plant Director Gene Cooper, cut the ribbon, which is being held by Regional Training Specialist Craig Stoll (left) and Regional Training Manager Liz Donnelly (right).
Warden Hyatte talks to guests at the Open House. Guests are from left, PNJCF Warden Mike Minthorn, Executive Director Richard Brown, and Pendleton Warden Dennis Reagle.