Corrections Officer


Corrections officers are charged with the safety and security of persons who have been arrested, are awaiting trial, or who have been convicted of a crime and sentenced to serve time in a correctional institution. Correction officers may escort prisoners in transit between courtrooms, correctional institutions, and other points. They maintain order within the institution, enforce rules and regulations, and often supplement the counseling that inmates receive from psychologists, social workers, and other mental health professionals.

The Program

GCC currently offers a one year certificate - Corrections Officer program that meets and exceeds the State of Michigan mandated entrance requirements for local and state corrections officers. GCC also offers a one semester Occupational Certificate in Corrections that is designed primarily to prepare students for immediate employment in the Michigan Department of Corrections. The five core Corrections courses required by the Michigan Correctional Officer Training Council are listed below. 

The Requirements

The following are the required courses necessary to receive a certificate for the Corrections Officer Program - 1 year

Prefix First Semester Courses Credits
COL 102     College & Career Readiness 1
CJC 101   Introduction to Corrections  3
CJC 102   Correctional Institutions/Facilities   3
CJC 103   Client Growth & Development/Criminology  3
ENG 101   English Composition I or 
ENG 105   Technical English  3
PSY 101  General Psychology   4

Second Semester Courses 
CJC 104  Client Relations in Corrections  3
CJC 105  Legal Issues in Corrections   3
ENG 102  English Composition II or  3
ENG 250  Technical Writing   3
MTH 100  Basic Math   4
SOC 101  Introduction to Sociology  3
PED 203  Advanced First Aid & Emergency Care  3
  Total Program Credits:  36


Program Outcomes & Assessment


The following are the required courses necessary to receive an Occupational Certificate for the Corrections Officer Program - one semester: 

CJC 101     Introduction to Corrections   3 credits
CJC 102   Correctional Institutions   3 credits
CJC 103   Client Growth and Development/Criminology    3 credits
CJC 104   Client Relations   3 credits
CJC 105   Legal Issues   3 credits
CJC 250   Special Topics   1 credit
   Total Credits:     16 credits

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