NDCS is Family! Congratulations to the Class of 419!

NDCS is Family! Congratulations to the Class of 419!

Chandra Davis is a new recruit who’s beginning her career with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (DEC). She comes from a human resources and recruiting background. NDCS's new teammate graduated with Class 419 on April 29th and says she’s ready to start serving her community.

“I was looking for a challenge,” said Corporal Chandra Davis.

She’s not the only one in her family who's proud to keep people safe at NDCS. Davis’s husband, Steven Davis has been a unit case worker at Lincoln Correctional Center (LCC) for the last two-and-a-half years. Her youngest son, Dillon Davis has also worked at Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) for almost two years, and her oldest son, Cameron Davis is about to graduate with Class 519 next month as a corporal to begin his career at TSCI as well.

“We made it a family affair,” said Corporal Chandra Davis as she smiles ear to ear. “I’ve seen the success my husband and son have had here at NDCS.”

When asked how he feels that his wife is taking a similar career path, Unit Case Worker Steven Davis says he couldn’t be more excited.

“It makes me even more proud to work at NDCS,” he said. “I trust the department to have my wife and children working here.”

 “I think it’s great,” said son, Dillon Davis.

Shandra Davis was excited to have her husband and son at her graduation, handing her, her badge. “I have so much pride in putting on my uniform,” she said.

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Corrections Bus Advertisement Plays key role in Mother/Daughter Career Change

A mother and daughter were sitting in traffic in Lincoln a few months ago when a City of Lincoln bus drove by with an advertisement to become a Nebraska corrections officer on the side of it.

“I saw the bus ad and I tapped my daughter’s leg and pointed to it and said, “there you go,”” said Corporal Erin Slater.

Corporal Shi Slater quickly adds, “I then tapped my mom’s leg right back and told my mom “there YOU go” too.”

You can bet what happened next. The mother – daughter duo applied to work at the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) soon after. They graduated together in Class 419.

Corporal Erin Slater says she’s been ready for a career change and this is a good opportunity for that. She now is a member of the Lincoln Correctional Center team.

“I’ve been in food service for the last 15 years,” said Corporal Erin Slater. I’ve gone from serving tables to serving the community. Proud of that.”

Her daughter, Shi, says she was looking for something to jumpstart her own career. She was trying to figure out what she wanted to do long-term. She’s now a team member at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center. Shi Slater feels confident and at home as a corporal there. She says NDCS is the right fit for her and it’s where she wants to be.

“I plan on staying here for my entire career,” said Corporal Shi Slater. “I’m already starting to set goals for myself.”

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Brother Honors Sister with Bear-Hug and Badge

A solid handshake followed by a big hug is how Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) Diagnostic and Evaluation Center’s (DEC) Corporal Hernandez welcomed his little sister, Corporal Pedraza to the NDCS family at her graduation.

“I know she’ll do great,” said Corporal Hernandez. “It’s a tight-knit family.”

During her training, Pedraza was eager to learn and lead. She used to describe herself as a girlie-girl until finding her true strength as a young woman through her NDCS training.

“Corrections is a different change for me,” said Pedraza. “It’s something new and exciting.”

Having her brother at her graduation to hand Pedraza her badge was very special for both of them.

“Kind of got a little emotional,” said Pedraza. “I’ve always looked up to him.”

Now, the pair will be working together alongside their other teammates at DEC every day.