A KCC Police Academy cadet listens during a training exercise.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. The sequence of classes recommended for full-time students seeking each credential follows.

For more information about KCC’s Corrections Program, see:

Associate in Applied Science: Corrections

KCC’s Associate in Applied Science in Corrections curriculum is designed for career entry and/or advancement with corrections agencies at the federal, state and local levels.

Fall I Spring I Fall II Spring II
CRJU 101: Intro to Criminal Justice CRJU 105: Institutional Corrections CRJU 106: Correctional Law CRJU 108: Client Relations in Corrections
CRJU 104: Intro to Corrections ENGL 152: Freshman Composition** CRJU 107: Client Growth and Development CRJU Elective*
COMM 101: Foundations of
Interpersonal Communication**
Healthy Living Elective* Creativity Elective* CRJU Elective*
ENGL 151: Freshman Composition** Math and Science Elective* CRJU Elective* CRJU Elective*
Open Elective* Open Elective* Global Awareness Elective* Open Elective*
Open Elective*

*For class options that fulfill the elective requirements indicated here, see the Degree and Certificate Requirements section of KCC’s Academic Catalog.

**Courses indicated fulfill requirements for the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), which provides for the transferability of up to 30 credit hours to meet General Education Requirements at participating Michigan colleges and universities. For more information about the MTA, visit

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.

Corrections Certificate Courses
CRJU 104: Intro to Corrections
CRJU 105: Institutional Corrections
CRJU 106: Correctional Law
CRJU 107: Client Growth and Development
CRJU 108: Client Relations in Corrections

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.

Transfer Opportunties

Click here to view Transfer Guides outlining opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution. Contact our Academic Advising team at 269-965-4124 or to schedule an appointment to plot a personal transfer plan.

Corrections Careers

Students completing the 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 interesting 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 MDOC. More information is also available by calling the main recruitment line at 517-335-6711 or by emailing

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

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.

Credits for Prior Experience

KCC Corrections students who have successfully completed the 320-hour MDOC basic recruit school or the 160-hour MSCTC Local Correctional Academy may be awarded between 10 and 20 college credits for their experience. The credits can be applied toward KCC’s Associate in Applied Science in Corrections degree or the Associate in Criminal Justice degree. Students interested in pursuing this option should contact Criminal Justice Director Rob Miller at

MDOC Experience

KCC recognizes that the Michigan Department of Corrections provides 320 hours of training for the Custody New Employee Training. Those who have successfully completed the MDOC academy, along with 320 hours of supervised on-the-job training, may qualify for up the 20 college credits at KCC. The credits would be applied to CRJU 210: Criminal Justice Practicum, CRJU 211: Criminal Justice Practicum and up to 14 credits of general CRJU electives. Click here for information about the DeMarse Transfer Policy.

MSCTC Local Correctional Academy Experience

Those who have successfully completed the Michigan Sheriff’s Coordinating and Training Council’s  160-hour Local Correctional Academy may qualify for 10 CRJU elective credits at KCC. Click here for more information.

Corrections In-Service Training

KCC offers Corrections In-Service Training on an as-needed basis. For more information, see KCC’s Corrections In-Service Training Web page or contact KCC’s Criminal Justice Department at 269-965-3931 ext. 2216 or