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2023-2024 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.

SHERIFF’S CORRECTIONS ACADEMY 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.

GENERAL CORRECTIONS OPTION

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


Humanities


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


10

General Corrections Option


General Corrections Option Total Credit Hours


10

Total Credit Hours


61
 

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.
 

In What Order Should I Take Classes?


Please select courses from the Priority I list.  Select courses based on the number of credits you are taking in the semester, for example, if you are a part time student you do not have to take all of the courses listed.  If you are unable to schedule Priority I courses, move to and select from the list of Priority II, Priority III, and Priority IV courses.

Priority I Priority II

EN 101 - English Composition I  

General Education Course

CJ 105 - Introduction to Corrections  

CJ 110 - Introduction to Criminal Justice  

CJ 115 - Client Growth and Development  

EN 102 - English Composition II  

OR

COM 131 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking  

OR

COM 135 - Interpersonal Communication  

General Education Course

CJ 216 - Client Relations in Corrections  

CJ 221 - Correctional Institutions  

CJ 237 - Legal Issues in Corrections  

Priority III Priority IV

General Education Course-Natural Science or Mathematics

CJ 243 - Methods of Interviewing  

CJ 245 - Substance Abuse  

CJ 246 - Alcohol Use and Abuse  

Program Course-Open Elective

CJ 275 - Addiction Treatment with Diverse Populations  

Program Course Options-Sheriff’s Academy or General Corrections

Program Course Options-Sheriff’s Academy or General Corrections

Program Course Options-Sheriff’s Academy or General Corrections

Program Course Options-Sheriff’s Academy or General Corrections

Program Course Options-Sheriff’s Academy or General Corrections

NOTE: This priority schedule assumes the student is prepared to take the courses listed. If prerequisites are required, additional semesters may be required to complete this degree.

Meet with an Academic Program Advisor and consult My Degree Path for specific degree requirements.

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