Corrections officers: Complete necessary courses in as little as 6 months!

September 12, 2019

Hundreds of jobs are available with the Michigan Department of Corrections. Jackson College is making it easier for new corrections officers to complete their required college coursework.

Due to the high demand for corrections officers and the lack of recruits, the MDOC has changed the standard to become an officer. In the past, one needed 15 college credits to apply; now, a new officer can be hired with no college, only a high school diploma, and obtain the 15 credits during the first 18 months on the job.

New corrections officers may complete 15 college credits in criminal justice in an online format that takes just six months at Jackson College. With the College’s new seven-week classes, students may take two classes during the first seven weeks, two during the second seven weeks of the semester, and one in the following semester to complete 15 credits. By adding an English class the second semester, students may complete a Corrections Certificate. Start any semester.

“This provides a pathway for those individuals without the education to obtain it before their 18 months are up. It is designed so they can take courses while working the full-time job,” said Mary Jo Kennedy, director of criminal justice programs.

Core courses offered are:

Introduction to Corrections (CRJ 121) 3 credits
Client Growth & Development (CRJ 119) 3 credits
Human Relations for Corrections (CRJ 120) 3 credits
Institutional Populations (CRJ 124) 3 credits
Corrections Law (CRJ 127) 3 credits
Total 15 credits

To learn more, contact Kennedy at 517.990.1346, or To apply online, visit