If you are someone who believes in helping others positively change their behavior and are interested in the field of corrections, a Criminal Justice degree might be for you.
Successful corrections officers rely on strong communication skills. They must be persuasive and able to use non-physical restraining techniques. In some instances, physical restraint might be necessary.
Daily duties include being responsible for the security of the offender, the public and the facility.
About the program
Courses are taught by experts in the field, who stress the need for excellent communication and decision-making skills, as well as the importance of understanding the legal concerns for those responsible for the restraint and incarceration of offenders.
Students who successfully complete the Corrections Program in Criminal Justice are prepared to work as corrections officers in prisons and jails or as juvenile care workers. Students often transfer credits to a four-year university to complete a bachelor’s of science degree in Criminal Justice. Delta offers a 3+1 program with Ferris State University where students also take their fourth year of classes at Delta.
The degree also contains the courses required by the Michigan Corrections Officers Training Council.
Students in this field might become Corrections Officers in prisons or jails, youth care workers/youth care specialists or residential treatment workers in youth and adult treatment centers.
Currently, the Michigan Department of Corrections is hiring for 1,500 positions. This degree would meet the requirements for working for the MDOC.
The need for corrections officers is expected to increase four percent from 2014-2024. The national average yearly earnings for a corrections officer is $39,780.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Find out more
Have questions or want more information? Contact:
Criminal Justice Program Coordinator
Gregory A. Teter
989-686-9253; Office G-124