Professional women

More than 70 women in the corrections profession, shown here, attended a retreat Wednesday at the Federal Correctional Institution-McKean to develop leadership and situational skills.

LEWIS RUN — Officials at FCI-McKean Institution reported that they hosted a “Women in Corrections” retreat on Wednesday to develop leadership and situational skills for women working in a correctional environment.

Over 70 women attended the event which was termed a huge success. Guest speakers were made up of experienced women correctional professionals with over 50 years of total combined experience in the profession. Over the previous 18 months, FCI-McKean has increased its Affirmative Employment by over 106% and increased their female correctional officers/workers compliment by over 50%.

Officials said the Human Resources Department has been busy lately, led by Jennifer Sidon, human resources manager, and Heidy Baez-Patino, executive assistant/affirmative employment chair-women.

Officials also noted FCI-McKean is actively hiring more than 20 positions with a starting salary of $43,065 with a 20-year Federal Law Enforcement retirement including full benefits.

Warden Bradley M. Trate at FCI-McKean encourages interested members of the community to visit to apply for a rewarding career at the facility.

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