Suggested GRCC Program:
Associate in Arts or Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences
Juvenile service workers help children and adolescents in corrections or human service settings. Those in this field may work in juvenile courts, juvenile detention centers, residential homes for youth, drug abuse centers and other agencies that help young people in trouble.
Although most positions require only an associate’s degree, students should consult with the Grand Rapids Community College Juvenile Services Program Coordinator concerning degree requirements for specific jobs.
Students in Juvenile Services may qualify for either the Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences (AAAS) degree or the Associate in Arts (AA). Those who wish to earn the AA will need to meet the communication, humanities, and natural science requirements for that degree.
Currently, courses may be taken in any order as long as all requirements (including prerequisites) are met. However, check with the program coordinator for possible changes to course sequencing.
Total Credits / Contact Hours
Total Credits/Contact Hours (for AAAS) 64 / 68/69
Total Credits/Contact Hours (for AA) 69 / 73
** The AA degree also requires 8 credits of natural science (one course of which must include a laboratory) and 8 credits in humanities.
*** Completion of these courses and CJ 275 (Addition Treatment withDiverse Populations ) will complete the minimum education requirements for the CCJP credentials in addiction. The additional completion of either PY 231 or PY 232 will meet the minimum education requriements for the CAC credential in addiction.