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Terre Haute, Indiana
Terre Haute, Indiana
Wabash Valley Correctional Facility
SULLIVAN COUNTY- Community Service Director Jackie Storm is Wabash Valley Correctional Facility's (WVCF) point of contact for internships. When college students reach out to the facility, Jackie meets with them to determine if WVCF is a good fit. If she finds that it is, she then initiates a background check. Once all the required steps have been taken, interns begin their exciting adventure learning about Wabash Valley Correctional Facility.
The Indiana Department of Correction designed the internship program to provide a unique experience of the administrative dynamics of the Department, as well as an experiential approach inside the facilities. The Community Service Director works collaboratively with several departments within the facility to provide an overview of their operations how cohesively and collaboratively all components operate to effectively and efficiently manage a correctional facility.
Recently Danielle Whitney, a student at Indiana State University, began her internships at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. Danielle began pursuing her Criminal Justice degree in 2019. From the start, she knew that she needed to do an internship to decide if corrections were right for her. During her time at WVCF, Danielle said that staff have been incredibly friendly and have made her feel as though she fits right in. Danielle said, "They say if you love what you do you'll never have to work a day in your life, and this experience so far is proving that this statement couldn't be more true."
Carra Matherly, a student at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods also began her internship at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. Carra began pursuing her Criminal Justice degree in 2017. She has a desire to work in the Federal prison system but felt like WVCF would give her an inside look at corrections from a State standpoint. Her internship began with the Office of Investigations & Intelligence, where she quickly learned how complex maintaining safety and security can be within a large facility. She too said that the staff has been very friendly and that they have made her even more excited to be here. Carra said, “Starting an internship is nerve-racking because it can make or break your career. WVCF has made it easier and made me feel as though I am part of their team."
Indiana State Police
Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter recently announced the promotion of Trooper Nicole Cheeks to the position of sergeant. Sgt. Cheeks will serve as a Recruit Academy Staff Officer at the State Police Academy located in Plainfield, Indiana. Cheeks earned this promotion through a competitive selection process.
Cheeks is a six-year veteran of the Indiana State Police. She is a 1995 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School, in Patterson, New Jersey, and attended Ohio State University on a track and field scholarship, studying nursing.
In July of 2014, Cheeks graduated from the 74th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy and was then assigned to the Putnamville Post where she worked as a road patrol trooper assigned to Vigo County.
During her career, Cheeks has served the state police as a recruit counselor, a tech-med instructor, certified school resource officer, a Vigo County Protective team member, and is an active supporter of the Special Olympics.
Cheeks resides in Vigo County with her husband Larry and their children.
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News Writer: Lucy Perry