This program prepares students to serve as adult corrections officers in prisons and jails, counselors in halfway houses, 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.
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. If you have questions or concerns about how this may affect you, please contact the Criminal Justice Department.
Courses may be taken in any order as long as all requirements (including prerequisites) are met.
Total Credits 61
Note: Completion of COM 135 as Humanities Elective and the addition of CJ 275 (Addiction Treatment with Diverse Populations) will complete the minimum education requirements for the CCJP credentials in addition. The additional completion of either PY 231 or PY 232 will meet the minimum education requirements for the CAC credential in addiction.
# These courses meet the minimum academic program requirements mandated by the Michigan Correctional Officers Training Council (MCOTC) under Public Act 415.
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.