Jun 22, 2024  
2016-2017 Catalog-EXPIRED 

Sheriff’s Corrections Academy Certificate

Academic Program Code: 174

The Sheriff's Corrections Academy Certificate is a pre-service and in-service academy that prepares students to become certified as Sheriff's Corrections Officers in Michigan. Sheriff's Corrections agencies in Michigan require Local Corrections Officer candidates to attend a Local Corrections Academy approved by the Michigan Sheriffs' Coordinating and Training Council (MSCTC). This training academy meets the requirements to prepare candidates to assume the role and function of corrections officers in a local correctional facility.

The Sheriffs' Corrections Academy Certificate is a 7-week program that will be offered in the Winter and Fall semesters, with consideration to run special academies during the summer semesters.

All applicants must first complete an application and be screened according to Michigan Sheriffs' Coordinating and Training Council (MSCTC) standards. All potential recruits must pass all of the minimum MSCTC standards, attend an interview and be selected into the program. Minimum hiring standards can be located at www.misctc.org.

Contact: Sheriffs' Academy Coordinator at (616) 234-3137 

Program Admissions Requirements

The admission process for this program includes a full criminal background check. Students must provide a social security number in order for this process to be completed. False information is illegal and may be investigated as a criminal offense. Students are also required to be a U.S. citizen and show proof of citizenship.

Candidates must have completed the Local Corrections Officer Physical Abilities Test (LCOPAT) and the Local Corrections EMPCO standardized test prior to admission into the academy. 

All academy courses must be taken at GRCC once admitted into the Sheriff's Corrections Academy Certificate Program. None of the courses can be transferred from another institution. 

Financial Aid

This program is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

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Essential Abilities/ Technical Standards

Standards (Please refer to www.misctc.org for all standards for Michigan Local Sheriffs’ Corrections Officers).

Ethical Requirements: The Sheriff’s Corrections Academy at GRCC will hold itself to high moral and ethical standards. Comprehensive background checks are conducted on all applicants. The potential recruit must possess strong moral character and be free from any felony convictions. Misdemeanor convictions are determined on a case by case basis. Recruits will be held to the ethical standards set forth by GRCC and recruits will be held to conduct standards set forth in the GRCC student code of conduct. Exceptions will be made for in-service recruits who will then be held to the standards set forth in their collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with regard to conduct and disciplinary issues.

Physical Requirements: The Michigan Sheriff’s Coordinating and Training Council (MSCTC) requires potential candidates to pass a pre-enrollment physical test (LCOPAT). The standards are set and based on activities that have been deemed consistent with the work performed by local Sheriff’s Corrections Officers. The standards and individual events can be found at www.misctc.org. A passing score on this test must be completed by application deadline and prior to the start of the sheriff’s training academy.

Medical Standards: The recruit must pass medical standards set forth by MSCTC.  All information will be available with the Sheriff’s Corrections Academy application. Sheriff’s Corrections Academy courses designated as Sheriff’s Corrections Academy are restricted to those candidates who have been formally selected into GRCC’s Sheriff’s Corrections Academy.