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, Jermaine Reese, 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.

Corrections, A.A.A.S. {Plan Code 152} 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.