Corrections Corporation of America | From Camouflage to Corrections |
Published in the November/December 2010 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Jacob Bliek, Managing Director of Facilities Management and Development for Corrections Corporation of America, spent four years of active duty in the Navy as a storekeeper. He also was in the inactive reserves for two years. Now he spends his work days focusing on all maintenance for CCA facilities, and oversees the utility management division.
Bliek knows his military experience has helped him succeed. “Servicemembers have Type A personalities,” he said. “They like the discipline, the regimen of being in the military. In corrections there is that same discipline and regimen. CCA is a paramilitary organization that, like the military, is a great place to grow and acquire new skills.”
Bliek also said that the organization needs a lot of different skills. “Obviously, we need correctional officers; that’s 70 percent of our work force,” he said. “But there are also admin jobs and maintenance jobs that are important to keeping the company going. Veterans of all backgrounds can find success here.”