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, Nikki Banks, for additional information.

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 course work to baccalaureate degree-granting institutions with the GRCC Corrections Training Coordinator.

Students in Corrections {Plan Code 152} may qualify for either the Associate of Applied Arts and Science [AAAS] degree or the Associate of Arts [AA] degree. Those who wish to earn the AA should take care that they meet the communication, humanities and natural science requirements for that degree. The AA degree requires eight credits of natural science (one course must include a laboratory) and eight credits in humanities.

Courses may be taken in any order as long as all requirements (including prerequisites) are met.

The following courses meet the requirements for the Michigan Correctional Officers Training Council Certificate:

  • CJ105 Intro to Corrections
  • CJ115 Client Growth and Development
  • CJ216 Client Relations in Corrections
  • CJ221 Correctional Institutions
  • CJ237 Legal Issues in Corrections

Students must complete these courses with a minimum 2.0 grade in each class to receive the Michigan Correctional Officers Vocational Certificate.

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.