More than 260 state corrections officers graduated Friday afternoon, after two months of intense classroom training.
They will start their on-the-job training at one of the 31 facilities around the state on Monday.
A department spokesperson tells News 10 about 50 corrections officers retire each month, so they are in constant need of new team members.
"These careers can be very trying on people's families, since our officers have to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week in our correctional facilities," said Russ Marlan of the Dept. of Corrections. "It's great that their families can come and watch these folks graduate and that's probably the best part."
Corrections officers can make up to $50,000 a year. They have to meet certain qualifications to apply, including a background check and drug test, and must complete more than 320 hours of training.