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CORRECTIONS

Corrections offers many exciting career opportunities at the state, local and federal levels. Local corrections involves working as a correctional officer or deputy within a county sheriff’s department. Requirements for this position differ for each county. Some require applicants to complete the Michigan Sheriff’s Coordinating and Training Council (MSCTC) Local Correctional Academy, while others do not.

State correctional officers are employed by the State of Michigan and work with the Michigan Department of Corrections at various prisons throughout the state. These positions require a minimum of 15 college credits in a criminal justice related field, including corrections, criminal justice, family relations, guidance and counseling, law enforcement, pastoral counseling, psychology, social work or sociology.

KCC offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Corrections and a Corrections Certificate. For more information about KCC’s Corrections Program, see:

Advising & Transfer

View transfer guides outlining opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution. Contact Academic Advising at 269-965-4124 or [email protected] to schedule an appointment to plot a personal transfer plan.

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Corrections Certificate

KCC’s Corrections Certificate curriculum is designed for students planning careers in corrections and for correctional officers who are interested in furthering their education. The curriculum complies with the Michigan Correctional Officers’ Training Council’s credit-hour requirement for employment as a correctional officer in Michigan. Credits earned may also be applied toward KCC’s Associate in Applied Science degree in Corrections.

The Corrections Certificate can be completed in one to two semesters. Students must complete 16 credits by following the options below. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 (“C” or 73%) or better is required to obtain the Corrections Certificate. Completion of this certificate program meets the required courses to write the civil service exam for the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Required Courses
Choose at least one of the following courses:
Course Semesters Offered
CRJU 130: Introduction to Corrections Fall Only
CRJU 131: Institutional Corrections Spring Only
CRJU 132: Client Development & Understanding Fall Only
CRJU 133: Client Relations in Corrections Spring Only
Additional Courses
Choose 12 credits from the following courses to total 16 credits:
Course Semesters Offered
CRJU 101: Introduction to Criminal Justice Fall, Spring
CRJU 130: Introduction to Corrections Fall Only
CRJU 131: Institutional Corrections Spring Only
CRJU 132: Client Development & Understanding Fall Only
CRJU 133: Client Relations in Corrections Spring Only
CRJU 201: Criminal Investigations Fall, Spring
CRJU 202: Criminal Law Fall, Spring
CRJU 203: Crime & Delinquency Fall, Spring
CRJU 204: Criminal Procedures Fall Only
CRJU 221: Ethical Problem Solving Fall, Spring
PSYC 201: Introduction to Psychology Fall, Spring, Summer
SOCI 201: Introduction to Psychology Fall, Spring, Summer
SOCI 202: Social Problems Fall, Spring, Summer

 

Corrections Careers


Students completing KCC’s Associate in Applied Science in Corrections degree will become eligible to become a corrections officer for a local sheriff’s department or a corrections officer with the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Possible job areas/titles for graduates with an education in corrections include:

  • Community corrections
  • Correctional officer
  • Deputy sheriff – jail
  • First-line supervisors or correctional officers

Local Sheriff’s Department

Corrections students interested in working with a local sheriff’s department should contact the agency they wish to apply to and ask for their application requirements.

Michigan Department of Corrections

Corrections students interested in working for the Michigan Department of Corrections can find applications online at michigan.gov/statejobs. More information is also available by calling the main recruitment line at 517-335-6711 or by emailing [email protected].

Projected Job Outlook & Salary Info

For the latest employment and wage estimates for corrections careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mi.htm.

Why Study Corrections at KCC?


KCC’s Corrections Program instructors have had a lifetime of experience in the correctional field. They are highly knowledgeable in the skills needed to become a corrections officer, as well as in the steps needed to successfully apply for a corrections position.

Corrections Contacts

Jamie Roberts

Jamie Roberts

Department Assistant, Criminal Justice

Brett Weiss

Brett Weiss

Manager, Police Academy

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