Corrections offers many exciting career opportunities at the state, local and federal levels. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that correctional officer jobs are expected to grow 16 percent from 2006-16. The median salary for a correctional officer is $35,760 and the highest paid 10 percent of correctional officers earn more than $58,000 annually.

Kellogg Community College offers a Degree in Corrections, as well as a Corrections Certificate. The Corrections Certificate or Degree can assist you in obtaining a position in corrections as described below. If you have any questions on these programs, please feel free to stop by our office for advising.

Local Corrections

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, where others do not. If you are interested in learning more about these positions, please contact our office for more information into the hiring process.

State Corrections

State Correctional Officers are employed by the State of Michigan and work within 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, Psychology, Sociology, Family Relations, Guidance and Counseling, Pastoral Counseling, Social Work, or Law Enforcement.

HOW TO APPLY: Applications are available at
MDOC Recruitment Main Line: 517-335-6711
MDOC Recruitment Email:

Gainful Employment Disclosure

For information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the Corrections Certificate Program, and other important information, please review the Gainful Employment Disclosure.

The Gainful Employment Disclosure complies with the Department of Education requirement for disclosure of information about career preparation programs that result in an award at the certificate level. The intention of this information is to help students make informed career and educational choices that may lead to gainful employment. The data provided is based on enrollment from the last award year.