Employee Education

Georgia Corrections Academy

The academy provides basic and specialized training for GDC staff to better prepare them to accomplish the agency's mission of protecting the public, victims of crime, and agency staff by constantly seeking better ways to improve employee performance through training. The academy is located at State Offices South at Tift College in Forsyth, Ga. and consists of the following sub-units:

  • Basic Correctional Officer Training (BCOT)
  • Special Operations Training Unit (SOTU)
  • Post Certification Unit (PCU)

For more information on Basic Correctional Officer Training (BCOT) and Special Operations Training, please click on the following links:

Basic Correctional Officer Training
Special Operations

Leadership Development Unit

The unit provides a systematic means of employee development so that employees will be better prepared to function in a supervisory, management, or leadership role within the agency. This unit also provides job relevant specialized training opportunities.

Training efforts provide professional and personal growth opportunities to GDC team members; and improve GDC team members' abilities to conduct programs and provide offender services. Success in meeting the diverse GDC employees' training and development needs is the result of programs that are planned, developed, coordinated, and instructed in a purposeful and cost-efficient way. The programs delivered by this unit assists the agency in meeting requirements of state/federal laws, court orders, contractual agreements, certification or recertification requirements, terms and conditions of employment, comply with standard operating procedures, special orientation needs, or other mandates.

Education Initiative


Administrative Support Unit

The mission of this unit is to provide quality business and administrative support services for Training's operations. These support services shall be provided in a proactive, responsive, cost effective, innovative, and service oriented manner, paralleling and supporting the Georgia Department of Corrections strategic plan.

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