JULY 2021

SJR State corrections cadets recognized

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corrections student

Cadets from St. Johns River State College (SJR State) Criminal Justice Academy were recently recognized during a graduation ceremony. Graduates representing Clay, Putnam, St. Johns and other counties received certificates for completing the corrections basic recruit and/or the crossover to corrections programs. The guest speaker was St. Johns County Sheriff Robert Hardwick.

The Florida Corrections Officer Academy career certificate program provides job-related training to prepare candidates for entry-level employment as corrections officers. The curriculum is prescribed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission in accordance with Florida Statutes. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be eligible to take the state exam for corrections officer.

Graduates from St. Johns County are Jason M. Argott, Kristen Rubio and Octavia Smith.
Graduates from Putnam County are Kelly H. Gage, Dean C. Lowe and Loztriz Vazquez.

Graduates from Clay County are Kyle Coleman, Sheila A. Eck, Mark Maertz and Misty D. Villarin.
Graduates from Duval County are Johnnie L. Robinson and Ne’Darrius R. Parker.

During the ceremony, two law enforcement cadets were recognized for special achievement.

The Highest Academic Achiever award went to Jason Argott, as well as the Medallion Award for highest overall achievement. The award for Most Proficient in Firearms went to Kyle Coleman.

Located at the St. Augustine campus, SJR State’s Criminal Justice Academy offers certificate programs and provides job-related training to prepare cadets for entry-level employment in the field. Upon completion of the certificate programs, cadets will be eligible to take the state certification exam. The certificates also provide credit hours that can be transferred to SJR State’s associate in science degree in criminal justice technology.

For class starting dates and additional information about SJR State’s Florida Law Enforcement Academy, call (904) 808-7490 or visit

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Susan Kessler
Director of Public Relations and Publications
(386) 312-4020