Get started toward corrections career with 7-week online program

July 18, 2018

Corrections careers in Michigan are in demand! Make your start in the corrections field with an online skill set from Jackson College this fall.

Jackson College is offering a skill set including five courses in criminal justice that may be completed in just seven weeks! After completing the skill set, students will meet minimum educational requirements for the State of Michigan to be employed as a corrections officer. The Michigan Department of Corrections currently has hundreds of vacancies, with more and more officers retiring each month. The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) is a large employer, with 6,500 corrections officers across the state.

“This program can be a quick way to start a career. There is room for promotion or transfer to other state jobs after a year,” said MaryJo Kennedy, director of criminal justice programs. “Officers have told me they started as a temporary job but after working, found they really enjoyed it and worked till retirement. It’s a stable career with benefits and starting wages of $33,400 annually.”

Classes begin Sept. 4 and continue through Oct. 21. They include:

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

Total cost for an in-county student, including all tuition and books, would be $3,715; for an out-of-county student, $4,795.

Interested? Please call 517.990.1346 or visit