Corrections offers an opportunity to make an important impact


If you are a people-person and looking for a career that makes an impact, consider corrections.

Corrections is one of the few fields that offer the opportunity to serve one’s community, keep citizens safe and truly change people’s lives. Whether you’re interested in working within institutional correctional facilities (prisons, jails and detention centers) or the community corrections arena (probation, parole and pretrial services), there are a variety of ways you can contribute to your community within this dynamic and exciting field.

Men and women are needed as corrections officers across the state. There is always a need to fill those positions of people who retire, are promoted or transfer. Most corrections officers with the Michigan Department of Corrections will be working with convicted felons, overseeing them and maintaining order in the facilities. Some may also work for local municipalities in jails.

Corrections careers are a good choice for those interested in parole or probation, which will require a four-year degree. Parole and probation officers meet with offenders to ensure that the requirements of their release are being met. “There are so many jobs where you can start as a corrections officer and lead to another career path. It’s a good base to start from,” said MaryJo Kennedy, criminal justice coordinator.

About the Program

To become a corrections officer, applicants need to complete a minimum of 15 college credits. These credits can be taken online to meet the needs of shift work and completed in as little as one semester.

JC offers associate degree and certificate programs in corrections. Students may benefit from a transfer agreement with Siena Heights University, allowing them to transfer up to 90 credits from JC to Siena Heights.

Earnings start at about $38,000 annually, with regular increases. Further education will help officers improve their job skills and open up opportunities for advancement within the department. Those considering going into corrections should have good people and interpersonal skills.