This Corrections, A.A.A.S. program prepares to serve students who 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).
Sheriff's Corrections Academy Option
The Sheriff’s Corrections Academy track prepares students to work as corrections officers within the local jails. The 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 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 track to complete their AAAS degree requirements. Students who do not intent to complete the academy should take the courses included the General Corrections Track.
This program is designed to provide the credits and skills necessary for certification by the Michigan Sheriff's Coordinating and Training Council (MSCTC). A comprehensive exam is taken at the end of the program. Graduates who wish to pursue corrections in other states should review the certification requirements for each state.
General Corrections Option
The General Corrections track prepares students to work as corrections officers at the state level in prisons, along with areas such as community corrections, probation or parole. 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 pursing this option should take the courses in the General Corrections track outlined in the GRCC catalog to complete their A.A.A.S. requirements.
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.