Feb 19, 2020  
2015-2016 Catalog 
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Corrections, A.A.A.S.

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Academic Program Code:  152

This program prepares students to serve as adult corrections officers in prisons and jails, community corrections, and probation or parole officers. It also serves to enhance the skills of people currently employed in correctional settings. Corrections officers are charged with the safekeeping of people who have been arrested, are awaiting trial, or who have been tried and convicted of a crime and are sentenced to serve time in a correctional institution. The Correctional Officer Training Act requires that specific college courses and academy training are necessary to certify individuals as correctional officers. Students are advised to discuss specific requirements with the GRCC Corrections Training Coordinator before enrolling. Probation and parole officers work in community settings and with the courts in counseling to monitor the activities of sentenced and paroled offenders. Most jurisdictions require a bachelor’s degree as a condition of employment for parole and probation officer jobs.

Students interested in such work should discuss transferability of Community College work to baccalaureate degree-granting institutions with the GRCC Corrections Training Coordinator before enrolling in the program.

General Education Courses

English Composition

Select two of the following courses.

Natural Science & Mathematics


Program Elective Courses

COM 131 Fundamentals of Public Speaking, COM 135 Interpersonal Communication, CJ 235 Criminal Law suggested.

Total Credit Hours


Program Notes

CJ 105, CJ 115, CJ 216, CJ 221, CJ 237 meet the minimum academic program requirements mandated by the Michigan Correctional Officers Training Council (MCOTC) under Public Act 415. Students must complete these courses with a minimum 2.0 grade in each class to receive the Michiagan Correctional Officers Vocational Certicficate. CJ 111 cannot be substituted for CJ 115.

Employment within the Criminal Justice field may be delayed or denied depending on a history of convictions involving felonies, misdemeanors, and/or involving controlled substances.

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