If you are interested in working in a local correctional setting, such as a county jail, this three-class, six-credit certificate from Delta College is what you’ll need to get there.
A career as a correctional officer gives you the opportunity to work closely with inmates as they are rehabilitated. Daily duties include being responsible for the security of the offender, the public and the facility.
About the program
This certificate of achievement is offered twice a year (Winter and Spring) and the three classes are taken concurrently.
This certificate is designed for someone who is looking to change careers, quickly get hired to work at a local jail in a sheriff’s office or a combination of the two with plans to return to get a degree.
Before entering the program, students need to complete a pre-service application, which includes a reading and writing test, and a physical abilities test.
Courses are taught by Michigan Sheriff's Coordinating and Training Council approved instructors. Students will learn correctional law, custody and security, defense tactics, ethics, fire safety, communication, first aid and much more.
This certificate may also be helpful in applying for local corrections officer positions in a jail or private correctional facility.
Job security for a corrections officer is high. Because of the demand created by rising inmate populations, layoffs of corrections officers are extremely rare. Counties across Michigan are currently hiring.
The average yearly earnings for a local corrections officer in Michigan with this certificate is $39,700. Starting wages average $24,960.
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