Mar 28, 2020  
2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Corrections, A.A.A.S.

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Academic Program Code:  152

The Corrections programs offered at GRCC prepare students to serve as adult corrections officers in prisons and jails, patient care providers in psychiatric inpatient facilities, counselors in halfway houses, residential advisors in probation and patrol centers, 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.

This Corrections, A.A.A.S. program prepares students to work in the field of corrections. The Corrections, A.A.A.S. offers two options for students to choose from – Sheriff’s Corrections Academy and General Corrections. Both options prepare students to work as corrections officers within the state prison system and lead to the Michigan Corrections Officer Training Council Certificate (MCOTC).

Students can enroll in the General Education and Program Courses outlined in the GRCC catalog at any time, with the exception of CJ 275. Students who are successfully admitted to the Sheriff’s Corrections Academy would follow the Sheriff’s Corrections Academy option to complete their AAAS degree requirements.  Students who do not intend to complete the academy should take the courses included the General Corrections Option.


The Sheriff’s Corrections Academy option prepares students to work as corrections officers within the local jails, and meets the requirements of the Michigan Sheriff’s Coordinating and Training Council (MSCTC). GRCC’s Sheriff’s Corrections Academy is a selective admission program. It is offered both as a stand-alone certificate as well as an option within the Corrections AAAS degree.

After admission to the college, students may apply to the Sheriff’s Corrections Academy at any time; please note entry in to the academy is not guaranteed due to the selective admission process.

Students are advised to contact the GRCC Corrections Training Coordinator, for additional information about academy admissions requirements.


The General Corrections option prepares students to work as corrections officers at the state level in prisons, along with areas such as community corrections, probation or parole. Students pursuing this option should take the courses in the General Corrections option outlined in the GRCC catalog to complete their A.A.A.S. requirements.

Please note:  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.

General Education Courses

Select a minimum of 15 credit hours of course work from the General Education Course list.  Course work must be selected as directed from the areas below.

English Composition and Communications


Select one (1) Humanities General Education Elective.

Social Sciences

Select one (1) Social Sciences General Education Elective.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Select one (1) Natural Sciences Lab/Non Lab General Education Elective or one (1) Mathematics General Education Elective.

General Education Total Credit Hours

15 (minimum)

Program Options

Select either the Sheriff’s Academy Option OR the General Corrections Option to complete the program.

Sheriff’s Corrections Academy Option Total Credit Hours


General Corrections Option Total Credit Hours


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 Officer’s Training Council (MCOTC) under Public Act 415. Students must complete these courses with a minimum 2.0 grade in each class to receive the Michigan Correctional Officer’s Vocational Certificate. 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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