One of the fastest-growing occupational areas in the United States is the field of Corrections. Students seeking a career in this exciting profession are best prepared through completing a two-year degree program. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College offers an approved Associate of Science degree program for students interested in Corrections. Although no license is currently required to work in the Corrections industry, an Associate of Science degree in Corrections is highly valued when seeking employment in this job market.
The projected job outlook for graduates is excellent, and many agencies are continually seeking qualified new employees. Corrections professionals can earn excellent starting wages and benefits, and currently there is outstanding potential for job security and professional advancement. Typical job titles include Corrections Officers, Jailors, and Detention Deputies. Examples of typical employers are federal, state, tribal and local correctional facilities; Bureau of Indian Affairs facilities; county jails and regional detention facilities; and juvenile detention facilities.
The mission of the Corrections Department at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is to prepare students seeking careers in the dynamic field of corrections, and to prepare students for ease of transfer into four-year institutions. To ensure a degree program that is sensitive to the needs of potential employers and transfer institutions, the curriculum has been developed with extensive and continuous input from corrections professionals representing regional correctional facilities and academic staff from local colleges and universities.
Criminology Transfer Options
The Associate of Science degree in Corrections at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is articulated for transfer to the Criminology program at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Upon successful completion of the two-year Corrections degree program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, students would gain upper-division status at UMD. This articulation is subject to change, and as with all transfer programs, students are advised to meet with counselors at both Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and at the intended transfer institution to ensure maximum benefit of the transfer process.
Students in the Corrections program have the advantage of being trained by instructors who have direct field experience. Instructors on staff include current police officers, corrections officers, and attorneys. Instructional staff, combined with the multi-cultural environment at the college, offer opportunities that no other college can provide.
The Corrections program can be completed in two years. For students who already have a college degree or some college experience, or significant work experience in corrections, it is possible to complete the program in less time. Many classes are held during evening hours, allowing a flexible time to attend classes. Small class sizes, convenient access to computer labs, and student activities such as the Law Enforcement Club for students are added bonuses.
How to Enroll
New college students who are interested in the Corrections program should first take the Accuplacer Test and then schedule an appointment with an academic advisor or counselor.
Transfer students (with or without a previous degree) need to schedule an appointment with an advisor or counselor to determine what classes would be required.
To continue in the Corrections program, a student should maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 in all program courses.
To receive more information about the Corrections program, contact:
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720
|Associate of Science Degree Option
||Legal Issues in Corrections
||American Jails and Prison Systems
||Clinical Skills for Corrections
||Interpersonal Communication in a Correctional Setting
||Diversity Issues in Corrections Facilities
||Social Problems in Correctional Facilities
||Writing for Work
||Emergency Response/First Responders
||Introduction to Criminal Justice
||Crime and Delinquency
||State and Local Government
|Math Requirement (Intro to Statistics Recommended)
|Science Requirement (one course)
|Total credits required: 63
Selected Course Descriptions
CORR 2001 Legal Issues in Corrections
This course will research and address the legal rights of staff and incarcerated individuals confined in public and private facilities. Constitutional issues such as privacy, search and seizure, correspondence, medical treatment, and religious practice will be investigated. Agency procedures and existing laws will be used to analyze these issues.
CORR 2005 American Jail and Prison Systems
This course will explore the role of the correctional system in society. Students will examine the history and evolution of corrections; the different ideologies and goals of incarceration (punishment; retribution; deterrence; incapacitation; reform and prevention) and the role of society in determining how those goals are manifested. Students will look into the various components of the correctional system; jails, diversion programs, probation, and examine the functions of each.
CORR 2010 Clinical Skills for Corrections
The nature of this course is to impart to the student the basic physical procedures encountered by correctional personnel. Paramount in the course are basic jail safety/security principles and practices; intake and release of prisoners; contraband control; patrol and escort procedures; medication disbursement; the use of force continuum; and jail communications.
CORR 2020 Corrections Internship
The purpose of the internship is to introduce students to the correctional environment. Students will be expected to analyze the correctional setting from the different perspectives outlined. Students will be required to keep a journal of their experiences. They will review their observations in a bi-weekly internship lab. Minimum internship is 100 hours in one correctional facility completed over two months or less. Since the different types of facilities have wide differences in correctional characteristics, students may register more than once for the internship program if applying for a different setting.
CORR 2030 Interpersonal Communication in a Correctional Setting
This course will prepare students for the specific communications skills needed in a correctional setting. Content will focus on evaluating situations through positioning, posturing, observing and distancing. Communicating with offenders through responding or asking questions; and controlling behavior through handling requests, making requests, and reinforcing behavior.
CORR 2040 Diversity Issues in Corrections Facilities
This course will explore ethnic and cultural differences experienced in correctional facilities. The course will aid the student in contrasting diversity issues in society and how issues of diversity affect correctional facilities. Myths and stereotypes are discussed with emphasis on how these impact facilities in the forms of prejudice and discrimination by individuals and the institution itself.
CORR 2050 Social Problems in Correctional Facilities
This course will examine issues related to incarcerated populations and offenders with emphasis on the correctional social culture. Topics that will be discussed include security threat groups, chemically dependent, mentally ill, sex offenders, special needs, gender, juveniles, elderly, emotionally disturbed, and vulnerable adults.
Degree requirements and course are subject to change. Students should consult with an advisor/counselor when registering for courses.