If you are a people person hoping for a career that makes an impact, consider corrections. Corrections offer the opportunity to serve one’s community, keep citizens safe and profoundly change people’s lives.

Whether you’re interested in working within institutional correctional facilities (prisons, jails and detention centers) or the community corrections arena (probation, parole and pretrial services), you can contribute to your community within this dynamic and exciting field.


Corrections Certificate

This certificate program offers an opportunity to begin a study of all of the components of corrections. Students will explore institutions, private security, and the general safekeeping of all individuals detained. It provides a starting point to continue with an associate degree or become employed in many sectors. Employment includes prison guards, jail correction officers, juvenile facility youth specialists (both public and private) and private security.

Sample Courses

A corrections-oriented course involving the study of normal versus criminal behavior, human development and criminal pattern. Also involves the study of specific problems including substance abuse, sexual and medical problems and disorders.

A study of the meaning and function of culture and the social and psychological implications of discrimination. Also involves a survey of minorities in Michigan, attitude formation and professional responsiveness.

A survey of the American corrections system as a component of the criminal justice system.

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Earnings in Michigan start at $39,370 annually, with median wages of $58,550. Corrections officers typically receive regular increases, and further education will improve opportunities for advancement.


While projections predict a decline in employment, Michigan currently has many openings in corrections. Because corrections departments are so large, there are always many openings from attrition and retirements.


Jackson County

If you reside in Jackson county, Michigan.


In Michigan

If you reside in the state of Michigan.


Out of Michigan

If you reside outside the state of Michigan.


Estimated program costs include tuition, fees and digital textbooks based on 2022-2023 tuition rates. Please note that these costs are only estimates and an individualized financial plan will be created when a student meets with their Student Success Navigator.


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