Corrections Officers in trainingCorrections 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 1 Spring 1 Fall 2 Spring 2
COMM 101:
Interpersonal Communications*
COMM 207:
Public Speaking*
CRJU 131:
Institutional Corrections
CRJU 132:
Client Development & Understanding
CRJU 201:
Criminal Investigations
CRJU 101:
Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJU 133:
Client Relations in Corrections
CRJU 204:
Criminal Procedures
CRJU 202:
Criminal Law
CRJU 130:
Introduction to Corrections
PSYC 201:
Introduction to Psychology*
MATH 115:
Math for Liberal Arts*
GEOG 100:
Physical Geography*
CRJU 203:
Crime & Delinquency
ENGL 151:
Freshman Composition*
SOCI 201:
Introduction to Sociology*
PEHL 140:
Healthy Lifestyle Practicesº
CRJU 210:
Criminal Justice Practicum
HUMA 151:
Encounter with the Arts*
SERV 200:
Service Learning*
CRJU 221:
Ethical Problem Solving in Policing

*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

º Completion of basic training for any branch of the military will meet this requirement. A valid DD-214 must be submitted to the Records and Registration Department.

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 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 1-2 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

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 Opportunities

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 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 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.

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 269-660-7703 or