Corrections Officer Grant Program

February 23, 2023

Corrections officers needing college credits may be eligible for FREE tuition assistance at Jackson College!

Looking for an in-demand career that helps the community and offers opportunities for advancement? Consider corrections! With a new grant program from the State of Michigan, educational costs may be covered!

New corrections officers who are required to complete 15 hours of college credits may benefit from the Michigan Corrections Officer Grant Program, which supports tuition and fees for those enrolled at a community college. The grant program is administered by the Michigan Community College Association. (Grant funds don’t cover textbooks. With Jackson College’s textbook program, approximate cost for 15 credits would be $250, or $50 per course.)

Jackson College has offered corrections education for years and has hosted corrections academies. This allows students may complete their credits online at their convenience, while benefitting from knowledgeable faculty. Speak with a student success navigator to recommend courses to fit your needs; after completing the initial requirement, you may decide to continue with a certificate or associate degree program, which can assist your promotional opportunities.

Corrections officers can serve their community, keep citizens safe, and make a lasting impact on people’s lives. If you are a people person and are looking for a career that makes a difference, consider a career in corrections. Contact Jackson College today to get started.


  • Be employed by MDOC
  • Earned less than 15 college credits
  • Received approval from MDOC for the program
  • Enroll at a community college in Michigan

Suggested Courses

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CRJ 119 Client Growth & Development 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

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.

CRJ 120 Human Relations for Corrections 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

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.

CRJ 121 Introduction to Corrections 3 ENG 085*, ENG 090*, and MAT 020*

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

CRJ 124 Institution Populations 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

The nature, composition and dynamics of the prison population as a separate society are central topics in this course.

CRJ 127 Corrections Law 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Deals with the law as it applies to the correctional system. Applicable court cases and legislation will be considered. Topics will include sentencing, prisoners’ rights and responsibilities; loss of rights, prisoner remedies; community corrections and restoration of rights of offenders.


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