Correctional Officer Training and Education

The Importance of Education

If you are considering a career in corrections, law enforcement or the criminal justice system, a degree in criminal justice is the first educational step towards a rewarding career.  While it is certainly possible to find employment with only a high school diploma, historical data has proven that jobs that do not require a degree tend to be lower paying and have comparatively poor working conditions. In a study published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the past four decades of data have shown that those with a bachelor's degree earn an average of 56% more than their peers who only have a high school education. In recent years (2001-2013) the wage advantage of individuals with a bachelor's degree has risen to an astounding 75%, with employers consistently showing that they are willing to pay higher salaries to candidates with a college degree, even for jobs that are not considered college level positions. In the criminal justice field, this gap is potentially broader.  Higher paying positions with better benefits are typically found at the state and federal level, where a bachelor's degree is the minimum requirement.  Even at the local level, an increasing number of agencies will require some level of college education (an associate’s degree or higher) to become an officer.

Why a Criminal Justice Degree?

A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice is the preferred area of study for all correctional and law enforcement agencies across the United States because students receive a broad introduction to the operation of the criminal justice system. A degree in criminology is also a good qualification, but to become a correctional officer or work in law enforcement a degree in criminal justice is recommended. Students enrolled in criminal justice programs will take courses that focus on techniques for crime detection, detention of criminals, and basic theory on our systems of prosecution, punishment, and rehabilitation.

Read more about criminal justice degrees.

What to Expect from a Criminal Justice Program

A typical college level criminal justice program will cover a broad spectrum of topics. During the first year of study, most programs are designed to focus on law enforcement systems, court systems, and correctional systems. The goal of the first year is to give a student a thorough understanding of the fundamental components of the criminal justice system. Introductory and intermediate level programs will cover essential subjects such as ethics, psychology, sociology, criminal theory and operational procedures. As you advance past the first year, you will typically be given the option to select elective courses and core curriculum tailored to the career you wish to pursue. For example, a student seeking to become a correctional officer would take classes regarding correctional counseling, conflict resolution, correctional law, incarceration and institutions. Other important subjects include Victimology, Juvenile Delinquency, Community Supervision, Criminal Justice Administration, and the Penal System. All graduates applying for employment with a government (or private) agency, are expected to have a firm understanding of the following:

  • How law enforcement systems work.
  • How court systems work.
  • How correctional systems work.
  • How these three systems interface.
  • Ethical responsibilities of an officer.
  • How to peacefully resolve conflict.
  • How to interact effectively with your colleagues and with incarcerated offenders.

Earning Your Criminal Justice Degree Online

In the past, the only way to obtain a college degree was to enroll in a college or university and attend classes on campus. The requirement to be physically present on campus often presented a barrier to potential students. Community colleges filled this gap in part because they were geographically convenient for potential students. Evening classes have also proved to be very popular for people who held day jobs but sought to complete their degree. With the evolution of technology, educational systems have been transformed. Increasingly less emphasis is being placed on being present in a physical classroom at all levels of education.

In many ways, distance learning works the same way as obtaining a degree on a college campus. The courses are structured the same way with lectures, assignments, projects, and testing. For many classes, you will be required to obtain text books. You will be required to have regular interaction with your classmates and instructors. The requirements for graduation in any given field are typically the same requirements you would find on a physical campus.

After you are enrolled in an online program, you will begin to take the classes required to complete your degree. You will need to have access to a computer. Your computer must meet the basic requirements of the school. Ideally, the computer should be newer, and you must have a reliable internet connection. Each school is different, but there will be some type of course management software. A common choice is a program called Blackboard. You want to make sure that you know how to navigate in the online environment before classes start. Most schools offer an online tutorial and technical support.

Your course work will generally involve assigned readings and listening to lectures from your professor. Typically these lectures have been pre-recorded, but some colleges do offer live sessions which give the student an opportunity to ask questions. Each class will have assignments which are either completed online or completed offline and uploaded. The assignments will have deadlines which must be complied with to receive credit. Almost all online college programs have requirements for regular interaction with your classmates. Some times this is done by posting comments on a discussion board. Other classes have regular discussion sessions held at specific times and conducted via Skype or a similar program. For courses requiring hands-on work, such as lab work, you may be required to obtain supplies to complete the lab.

With the growing popularity of online colleges, many traditional colleges have been forced to offer online classes in order to remain competitive. Many colleges and universities now offer hybrid programs. In a hybrid program, part of the work is accomplished via distance learning, and part takes place in the class room. Hybrid programs are an excellent option for a student who wants to focus in an area such as criminal investigation were more lab work is required.

Are Online Programs Reputable?

Accredited online criminal justice programs are considered to be of the same quality as traditional degree programs. The issue is finding out if your program is “accredited.” Do not assume that your school is accredited just because they say they are. You need to dig deeper. You need to know whether the accreditation agency is legitimate. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education both investigate whether accreditation agencies are legitimate. The Council has a list available on its website of legitimate accreditation agencies. Only consider schools which have received accreditation from a legitimate agency.

Additional Education Options

While a bachelor’s degree is without question the best degree for a job candidate to possess, there are other options. A bachelor’s degree is a four year program at a college or university. In the U.S. there are also many associate's degree programs. An associate’s degree typically takes two years to complete. Additionally, there are many community colleges or trade schools offering certifications in criminal justice. A certification means that you have completed a specialized form of training. Certification programs typically take less than a year to complete, and do not offer the in-depth curriculum of a bachelor's program, but you can complete basic studies in a short period of time. If you are considering a certification program, keep in mind that these programs are not as highly regulated, and graduates often end up pursuing further education to remain competitive in the workforce.

Top Schools Preparing Correctional Officers to Answer the Call

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The schools in our "Preparing Correctional Officers to Answer the Call" rankings are based published surveys from government sources including:

Our Sources

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
  • National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Upon collecting data, schools were filtered based on the following:

  • Completions data taken from IPEDS survey (2013) was used to compile a list of schools that offer several corrections related programs, including corrections (43.0102), juvenile corrections (43.0110), and corrections administration (43.0113).
  • Schools which did not offer the above listed programs were removed
  • Schools which had less than 10 graduates combined from the above three programs were omitted to protect student privacy

Once all non-qualifying  schools were omitted the remaining schools we sorted in order of which schools had the highest percentage of students graduating in the field of corrections compared to total graduates of all programs offered by that school.

1

Rio Salado College

2323 W 14th St, Tempe, AZ 85281

Since 1997, the educational service partnership between Rio Salado College and the Arizona Department of Corrections has helped more than 13,000 individuals earn a certificate of completion in Law Enforcement Technology Basic Corrections.

Upon completion of the program, basic corrections students earn 21 college credits while on the job. As program completers, they are well on their way toward completing an Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS) in Corrections degree, which is beneficial for those seeking promotion or career advancement.

Rio Salado has an appointed staff member called a “navigator” to further assist corrections officers in reaching the goal of earning an AAS, which can be completed online through Rio Salado.

Like other industries, the criminal justice field is facing challenges relating to recruitment and retention of qualified personnel, especially now, as they compete with other criminal justice fields such as law enforcement or private security. Rio Salado is committed to helping the corrections industry meet the demands of finding qualified employees, the success of its Basic Corrections program and ultimately, degree completion for all students.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 12.68%
  • Program Graduates: 1,280
  • Total Graduates: 10,098

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: riosalado.edu
  • School Size: More than 20,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
2

George Stone Technical Center

2400 Longleaf Dr, Pensacola, FL 32526-8922

Located in Pensacola, Florida, George Stone Technical Center offers certificate and associate's degree programs for corrections officers. With a commitment to excellence GSTC has developed a comprehensive program to make sure that graduates have the skills they need to enter the corrections workforce. Included in the course of study are communications, working with special persons, and supervision aspects of the role.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 11.94%
  • Program Graduates: 64
  • Total Graduates: 536

School Details

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
3

Sumner College

8909 SW Barbur Blvd., Suite 100, Portland, OR 97219

Located in Portland, Oregon, Sumner College is a private 4-year post-secondary institution offering certificate and associate's degree programs. Sumner has several campuses and prides itself on preparing students for the workforce with experienced teachers, and a mix of practical and theoretical learning that builds a foundation of knowledge prior to entering their career. Students at Sumner receive excellent instruction due to the community atmosphere and reduced class sizes.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 11.82%
  • Program Graduates: 26
  • Total Graduates: 220

School Details

  • School Type: Private, 4-year
  • Website: sumnercollege.edu
  • School Size: Less than 1,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
4

New Mexico State University-Grants

1500 N. Third Street, Grants, NM 87020

New Mexico State University-Grants Campus is located in the city of Grants, New Mexico, approximately 75 miles from Albuquerque. NMSU-Grants is a public 2-year community college that offers both certification programs and associate's degrees to its students. Students may choose to enrol in either the Criminal Justice Corrections Associate's degree program, or the shorter certificate program. Both programs are interdisciplinary to ensure that students receive the best education toward their future career goals.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 7.25%
  • Program Graduates: 20
  • Total Graduates: 276

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: tmcc.edu
  • School Size: Less than 1,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
5

Fort Myers Institute of Technology

3800 Michigan Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33916-2204

Fort Myers Institute of Technology is located in the heart of Fort Myers, Florida and is a public, two-year college that provides certifications and associates degrees to students. The Institute is certified to train recruits to become Florida State Certified Correctional Officers. Additionally, the facility provides specialized training in order to meet the professional development needs of officers in the field. The FMIT staff work hard to imbue students with the tools to ensure a safe, secure, and humane corrections environment.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 6.55%
  • Program Graduates: 74
  • Total Graduates: 1,130

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: fortmyerstech.edu
  • School Size: Less than 1,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
6

Florida Panhandle Technical College

757 Hoyt Street, Chipley, FL 32428-1618

The Florida Panhandle Technical College is located in Chipley, Florida, and is a public, 2-year college offering certifications and associate's degrees to students. Washington-Homes is committed to providing exactly the amount of training that student need in order to start their career. With coursework focused on the fundamentals of correction, including Criminal Justice, Ethics, Defensive Tactics and Physical Fitness, successful graduates are ready to pursue recruitment as a corrections officer.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 6.49%
  • Program Graduates: 40
  • Total Graduates: 616

School Details

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
7

Western Oregon University

345 North Monmouth Ave, Monmouth, OR 97361-1394

" In addition to being top ranked for many years in Criminal Justice in general, we are glad to be ranked highly by the subfield of Corrections in Oregon through this current ranking, and accept it as one of the numerous accolades we have received from many agencies locally, regionally and nationally regarding the high quality of our graduates. Our program is designed to the highest standards of the American Criminal Justice Sciences, and being the oldest of the 4 -year degree granting State universities in the State, with a Graduate Studies Program, our program prides itself in its superiority through a focus on quality, access, and flexibility. We have awarded the highest number of degrees in the State and offer a wide variety of specialties within Criminal Justice. We focus on producing the highest quality graduates prepared to occupy the highest ranks within the Criminal Justice System, and have graduates in the top ranks of local, regional, and national agencies. Take a look at our website www.wou.edu/criminal-justice for details of what we offer you."

 

- Dr. Vivian Djokotoe. Department Chair

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 3.44%
  • Program Graduates: 99
  • Total Graduates: 2,878

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 4-year
  • Website: wou.edu
  • School Size: 5,000 - 10,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
8

Langston University

102 Page Hall, Langston, OK 73050

Located across multiple campuses in the state of Oklahoma, Langston University is a public 4-year university offering a full complement of degree and certificate options to its students. Founded in 1897, Langston's most recent program offerings include a comprehensive focus on criminal justice, which students may pursue at the certificate, associate's or bachelor's degree levels, depending on their interests and career goals.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 3.06%
  • Program Graduates: 26
  • Total Graduates: 850

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 4-year
  • Website: langston.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
9

Baker College of Port Huron

3403 Lapeer Road, Port Huron, MI 48060

Baker College is located close to the Bluewater Bridge in Port Huron, Michigan. Founded in 1911, Baker College prides itself on being an excellent resource for students who want training for today's most relevant career options, at the certificate, associate's and bachelor's degree levels. Baker College's Criminal Justice department has a range of programming to teach students who are interested in preventing and reducing criminal behavior. Students who graduate from this program

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 3.02%
  • Program Graduates: 15
  • Total Graduates: 496

School Details

  • School Type: Private, 4-year
  • Website: baker.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
10

Cayuga County Community College

197 Franklin St, Auburn, NY 13021-3099

An essential educational resource for the Auburn, New York area, Cayuga County Community College is an affiliate of the State University of New York (SUNY) Network. With foundational values of diversity and affordability, CCCC strives to create engaged citizens who are career-ready. To this end, the college has an array of programs for students interested in Criminal Justice associate's and bachelor's degrees. Use of instructors who are veterans of their field as well as smaller class sizes ensures students enter the field prepared for its challenges.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 2.99%
  • Program Graduates: 35
  • Total Graduates: 1,172

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: cayuga-cc.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
11

Withlacoochee Technical Institute

1201 W Main St, Inverness, FL 34450-4696

Located in Inverness, Florida, Withlacoochee Technical Institute is a public, 2-year college serving hundreds of area and online students. Fully accredited, WTC offers certificate, associate's degree and bachelor's degree programs, as well as a wide variety of industry certifications. WTC offers Law Enforcement and Corrections programs as well as advanced training and professional development to veterans in the criminal justice field at the Citrus County Public Safety Training Center. WTC core courses train criminal justice students to exemplary levels of academic and practical preparedness for future graduates to the field.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 2.82%
  • Program Graduates: 14
  • Total Graduates: 496

School Details

  • School Type: Public, <2-year
  • Website: ccpstc.com
  • School Size: Less than 1,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
12

Florida Keys Community College

5901 College Rd, Key West, FL 33040

Florida Keys Community College is located in the heart of Key West, Florida. Founded in 1965 and with a student body of just over 1,200, FKCC offers degrees at the certificate, associate's degree, and bachelor's degree levels. Many students enrol in FKCC's criminal justice studies programs and upon graduation may enter corrections directly, or through other similar career paths like security, crime analyst, and emergency communications specialist. FKCC's rigorous core courses and flexibility in accepting transfer credits, make the program a viable option for students looking to transition to a new career.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 2.71%
  • Program Graduates: 15
  • Total Graduates: 554

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: fkcc.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
13

University of New Mexico-Valencia County

280 La Entrada, Los Lunas, NM 87031-7633

The Valencia County Campus of the University of New Mexico is located on the banks of the Rio Grande, in Los Lunas, New Mexico. The campus was established in 1978 with the intent to provide access to UNM's excellent academic and career programs. UNM-Valencia County offers certificate, associate's and bachelor's degree programs in the criminal justice field. UNM's criminal justice degree program is specifically for students seeking further education in the criminal justice field or those who want to pursue employment opportunities in corrections.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 2.61%
  • Program Graduates: 14
  • Total Graduates: 536

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: valencia.unm.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
14

South Florida State College

600 W College Dr, Avon Park, FL 33825-9356

Established in 1965, South Florida State College is located in Avon Park, Florida. With four campuses to serve its student body, SFSC is a public, 4-year college with certificate, bachelor's and associate's degree options. Students interested in pursuing and education in corrections are encouraged to apply to the college's Correctional Officer certification program. The program meets all state requirements for potential recruits and focuses on a combination of academic and practical knowledge to give future corrections officers the skills for success in their career.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 2.55%
  • Program Graduates: 33
  • Total Graduates: 1,294

School Details

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
15

Chipola College

3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL 32446-2053

Founded in 1947, Chipola College is a public, 4-year college located in Marianna, Florida. Chipola College offers a wide range of certificate, associate's and bachelor degrees. Students who are interested in pursuing a career in corrections are encouraged to apply to the college's law enforcement or corrections programs. With unwavering emphasis on academic and practical skill acquisition as well as physical fitness, graduates from the program may apply directly to a corrections recruitment agency.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 2.42%
  • Program Graduates: 30
  • Total Graduates: 1,240

School Details

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
16

Glenville State College

200 High Street, Glenville, WV 26351-1292

With 1,850 students, Glenville State College is located in Glenville, West Virginia. Founded in 1872, Glenville State College has a strong history of providing academic excellence in the form of its 2- and 4-year degree programs. Students who are interested in pursuing a career as a correctional officer are encouraged to apply to Glenville's Department of Criminal Justice, who's programs can set a course for career excellence in the field of corrections.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 2.35%
  • Program Graduates: 10
  • Total Graduates: 426

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 4-year
  • Website: glenville.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
17

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College

101 Community College Way, Johnstown, PA 15904

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is a public, 2-year college located in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The college offers associate's degrees as well as certificates in a variety of disciplines and focuses on offering affordable and accessible education options to its students. Applicants who are seeking a career in law enforcement or corrections are encouraged to apply to the college's department of Criminal Justice. Successful graduates will be able to apply to the state's recruitment departments for corrections and other law enforcement career paths.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 2.31%
  • Program Graduates: 11
  • Total Graduates: 476

School Details

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
18

Suncoast Technical College

4748 Beneva Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233-1798

Founded in 1967, Suncoast Technical College is a fixure in the Sarasota area. The college's mandate is to excel in offering technical education to area students that meets the community and state need for an exemplary workforce. Students interested in pursuing a career in corrections are advised to consult Suncoast's Criminal Justice Academy to peruse requisites, and other important data. The Academy offers training for both law enforcement and corrections.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.96%
  • Program Graduates: 15
  • Total Graduates: 766

School Details

  • School Type: Public, <2-year
  • Website: suncoast.edu
  • School Size: Less than 1,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
19

Centura College-Virginia Beach

2697 Dean Dr Ste 100, Virginia Beach, VA 23452-7431

For over 30 years, Centura College has provided a commitment to the education and enrichment of students enrolled at the school. This private, 4-year college facility offers certificate, associate's and bachelor's degree programs in a variety of disciplines throughout its various campus locations in Virginia, South Carolina, and Florida. Students who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of corrections are encouraged to request more information from the institute's Criminal Justice department. Currently the department offers an associate's degree that prepares students for a variety of jobs in law enforcement, including that of Correctional Officer.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.89%
  • Program Graduates: 16
  • Total Graduates: 846

School Details

  • School Type: Private, 4-year
  • Website: centura.edu
  • School Size: Less than 1,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
20

College of the Ozarks

100 Opportunity Avenue, Point Lookout, MO 65726-0017

College of the Ozarks is a private, 4 year college located in Point Lookout, Missouri. Home to approximately 2,470 students, COFO was founded in 1905 and offers certified, associate's, and bachelor degree programs. Students who are interested in a career in corrections are encouraged to apply to COFO's programs. Through a combination of academics and practical skill acquisition both on campus and through field trips, the Department of Criminal Justice prepares successful graduates for entry into the disciplines of corrections and law enforcement.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.88%
  • Program Graduates: 12
  • Total Graduates: 638

School Details

  • School Type: Private, 4-year
  • Website: cofo.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
21

Southeast Missouri State University

One University Plaza, MS4675, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Southeast Missouri State University offers a wide variety of programs at the certificate, associate's and bachelor degree levels. Increasingly, the Department of Corrections is looking for best-qualified candidates in the industry, and that means that students who are interested in pursuing a career like corrections are encouraged to apply to SMSU's Department of Criminal Justice - the combination of practical and academic foundations will ensure future career success.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.82%
  • Program Graduates: 75
  • Total Graduates: 4,122

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 4-year
  • Website: semo.edu
  • School Size: 10,000 - 20,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
22

Adirondack Community College

640 Bay Rd, Queensbury, NY 12804

Located in Queensbury, New York, Adirondack Community College is part of the SUNY college network, serving students throughout the New York state. A public 2-year facility with over 2,500 full-time, on-campus students, ACC specializes in offering affordable and accessible certificate and associate's programs to the area. Students interested in pursuing a career in corrections are encouraged to apply to ACC's associate degree program for Criminal Justice - Police Science whose program facilitates entry into the enforcement field.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.81%
  • Program Graduates: 19
  • Total Graduates: 1,050

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: sunyacc.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
23

Lamar State College - Orange

410 Front St, Orange, TX 77630

Founded in 1975, Lamar State College-Orange is a public, 2-year college located in Orange, Texas, with the mandate to provide excellent certificate, associate's, and bachelor degrees and prepares students for satisfying careers or transfer to university. Students who are interested in the field of corrections are encouraged to apply to the Department of Criminal Justice at LSC-O. The department has excellent job placement rates and the certificate corrections program; the majority of graduates currently work for various federal and state criminal justice agencies.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.73%
  • Program Graduates: 18
  • Total Graduates: 1,040

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: lsco.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
24

Lassen Community College

Hwy 139, Susanville, CA 96130

Since 1925, Lassen Community College has been a fixture in Susanville, California. A public, 2-year college, Lassen Community College's mission is to provide excellence in certificate and degree programming at the associate's and bachelor's level. Students who are interested in becoming correctional officers are encouraged to apply to the Correctional Science certificate program. With a mixture of practical and academic courses, graduates are certified to apply to the state's corrections recruitment officer.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.70%
  • Program Graduates: 11
  • Total Graduates: 646

School Details

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
25

Merritt College

12500 Campus Dr, Oakland, CA 94619-3196

Since the 1950s, Merritt College has been at the center of efforts to bring affordable, accessible education opportunities to the people of Oakland, California. A public, 2-year institution, Merritt College offers a variety of degree and certificate programs to its students both in person and online. Students interested in pursuing a career in corrections are encouraged to apply for the Administration of Justice program. Successful completion ensures that students can apply to a corrections recruitment program, or continue their education using Merritt's accreditations toward further degrees.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.67%
  • Program Graduates: 14
  • Total Graduates: 840

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: merritt.edu
  • School Size: 5,000 - 10,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
26

Baker College of Cadillac

9600 E 13th St, Cadillac, MI 49601-9600

Located in Cadillac, Michigan since 1911, Baker College offers students accessible and affordable options for post-secondary learning and career training. A private, 4-year college, Baker has several campuses throughout the state in order to best meet student needs. People who wish to pursue a career as a corrections officer are encouraged to apply to Baker College's associate degree program to begin their path to working in criminal containment and rehabilitation.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.61%
  • Program Graduates: 11
  • Total Graduates: 684

School Details

  • School Type: Private, 4-year
  • Website: baker.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
27

Camden County College

200 College Drive, Blackwood, NJ 08012

Founded in 1967 and located in Blackwood, New Jersey, Camden County College is a public, 2-year facility that offers certificate programs, as well as associate's and bachelor's degrees throughout its several campuses. The college's mission is to create a strong workforce and citizen engagement. Students that are interested in pursuing a career as a corrections officer are encouraged to apply to CCC's Police Academy. Since 1988, the academy has been certified by the state Police Training Commission to offer corrections programming in order to supply the state with the highest quality of officers for recruitment.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.60%
  • Program Graduates: 53
  • Total Graduates: 3,320

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: camdencc.edu
  • School Size: 10,000 - 20,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
28

Baker College of Flint

1050 West Bristol Road, Flint, MI 48507-5508

Located in Flint, Michigan since 1911, Baker College offers students accessible and affordable options for post-secondary learning and career training. A private, 4-year college, Baker's commitment to its communities and student body is evident through its several campuses. Students pursuing a career as a corrections officer are advised to apply to Baker's associate degree program. With emphasis on both practical and academic skillsets for the field, Baker College's comprehensive program will prepare students for their career.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.58%
  • Program Graduates: 30
  • Total Graduates: 1,900

School Details

  • School Type: Private, 4-year
  • Website: baker.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
29

Delta College

1961 Delta Road, University Center, MI 48710

Founded in 1961, Delta College is located in University Center, Michigan. Enrollment hovers around 15,000 students at this public, 2-year college; students choose from a range of certification and degree programs. Among the programs offered are Delta's rigorous corrections and juvenile corrections programs. Students looking to qualify for the corrections recruitment processed are encouraged to contact Delta's Criminal Justice Corrections faculty for more information.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.56%
  • Program Graduates: 74
  • Total Graduates: 4,730

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: delta.edu
  • School Size: 10,000 - 20,000

Programs Offered

  • Corrections
  • Juvenile Corrections
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North Central State College

2441 Kenwood Circle, Mansfield, OH 44901-0698

North Central State College is a public 2-Year institution located in Mansfield, Ohio. Educating 3,100 students per semester through 60 associate degree and certificate programs, North Central State College is a vital fixture for communities in the area. Students who are interested in pursuing a career in corrections are encouraged to get in touch with NCSC's Criminal Justice department for information regarding program offerings. Graduates of the program advance to such roles as police dispatcher, security, probation officer, and of course, corrections officer.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.51%
  • Program Graduates: 14
  • Total Graduates: 926

School Details

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
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Baker College of Jackson

2800 Springport Rd, Jackson, MI 49202-1290

Located in Jackson, Michigan since 1911, Baker College offers students accessible and affordable educational and career training options. As a private 4-year college, Baker has a strong commitment to surrounding communities and student body. Students interested in a career as a corrections officer are encouraged to apply to Baker's Criminal Justice associate degree program. With emphasis on practical training, Baker College's rigorous program plays a vital role in preparing students for their career.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.51%
  • Program Graduates: 13
  • Total Graduates: 862

School Details

  • School Type: Private, 4-year
  • Website: baker.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
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Saint Johns River State College

5001 Saint Johns Ave, Palatka, FL 32177

Saint Johns River State College, founded in 1958, is an acclaimed institution in the city of Palatka, Florida. As a public 4-year college, SJR State offers a wide variety of certificate programs, as well as associate's and bachelor's degrees. Students enrolled under the Criminal Justice Department can expect state-of-the-art equipment and seasoned instructors that help prepare them for their chosen career.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.44%
  • Program Graduates: 38
  • Total Graduates: 2,644

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 4-year
  • Website: sjrstate.edu
  • School Size: 5,000 - 10,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
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Baker College of Owosso

1020 S Washington St, Owosso, MI 48867

Located in Owosso, Michigan, Baker College has been offering students accessible and affordable educational and career training options since 1911. A private 4-year college, Baker has deep ties to it's community base and student body and this is reflected in its responsive course offerings to stabilize the local economy. Students interested in a corrections-based career are advised to contact Baker's Criminal Justice associate degree program. With emphasis on practical training, Baker College's rigorous program plays a vital role in preparing students for their career.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.39%
  • Program Graduates: 15
  • Total Graduates: 1,082

School Details

  • School Type: Private, 4-year
  • Website: baker.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
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Moreno Valley College

16130 Lasselle St, Moreno Valley, CA 92551

Moreno Valley College is a fixture in the city of Moreno Valley, California. A public 2-year college, MVC enrols over 7,000 students each semester for a variety of certificate programs and associate's and bachelor's degrees. When considering a career in corrections, students are encouraged to consult the college's Law Enforcement Department as in partnership with the state of California, MVC's Correctional Deputy Academy is certified by the State Department of Corrections.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.39%
  • Program Graduates: 28
  • Total Graduates: 2,010

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: mvc.edu
  • School Size: 5,000 - 10,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
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Contra Costa College

2600 Mission Bell Dr, San Pablo, CA 94806-3195

Located in San Pablo, California, Contra Costa College has been an institution of note since 1949. With just under 8,000 students enrolled in a variety of certifications, associate's and bachelor's degree programs, CCC is a key player in supplying San Pablo with career-ready individuals. Students who are interested in a career in corrections are advised to contact CCC's Law Enforcement Training Center for important information regarding high quality, cutting edge training for law enforcement professionals.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.33%
  • Program Graduates: 28
  • Total Graduates: 2,102

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: contracosta.edu
  • School Size: 5,000 - 10,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
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Solano Community College

4000 Suisun Valley Rd, Fairfield, CA 94534-3197

Since 1945, Solano Community College has been a notable institution in the city of Fairfield, California. With almost 11,000 students enrolled annually, the college boasts numerous certificate, associate's and bachelor's degree programs and offerings. Students who are interested in pursuing a career in corrections are advised to contact SCC's Criminal Justice Department to learn about program requirements and opportunities upon graduating.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.30%
  • Program Graduates: 38
  • Total Graduates: 2,924

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: solano.edu
  • School Size: 5,000 - 10,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
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Grand Rapids Community College

143 Bostwick Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295

Since 1914, Grand Rapids Community College has been a fixture in the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. With a student body of over 15,000, the college offers a variety of certificate and degree programming to meet the needs of today's students. GRCC has a comprehensive Criminal Justice Department; students pursuing a career in corrections would do well to contact the department directly for information regarding course options and career paths leading to correctional officer status.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.27%
  • Program Graduates: 48
  • Total Graduates: 3,792

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: grcc.edu
  • School Size: 10,000 - 20,000

Programs Offered

  • Corrections
  • Juvenile Corrections
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Tallahassee Community College

444 Appleyard Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32304-2895

With just under 20,000 undergraduate students, Tallahassee Community College is a well-respected institution in the city of Tallahassee, Florida. A public 2-year college, TCC offers a range of certification and associate's degrees in order to prepare students for further study, direct entry to the workforce, or advanced professional development. Students interested in the field of corrections should note that TCC's Corrections program is certified by the Florida Public Safety Institute in keeping with state standards. Students will benefit from a mix of practical and academic programming to prepare them for their future career.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.25%
  • Program Graduates: 79
  • Total Graduates: 6,332

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: tcc.fl.edu
  • School Size: 10,000 - 20,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
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Henry Ford Community College

5101 Evergreen Rd, Dearborn, MI 48128-1495

With 13,000 students, Henry Ford College is a notable institution in the city of Dearborn, Michigan. A public 2-year college, HFC offers a variety of certification and associate's degrees to prepare students for further educational opportunities or for entry into the career of their choice. Students interested in pursuing a career as a correctional officer should note that HFC's corrections program can be used either to entry the recruitment process directly or to pursue further education in the criminal justice field.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.19%
  • Program Graduates: 40
  • Total Graduates: 3,366

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: hfcc.edu
  • School Size: 10,000 - 20,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
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Wenatchee Valley College

1300 Fifth St, Wenatchee, WA 98801-1799

Located in Wenatchee, Washington, Wenatchee Valley College is a 2-year public college with an enrollment of 3,350 students. Offering a variety of certifications and degree options, students choose Wenatchee in order to prepare for career transitions, or to further their education. the Department of Criminal Justice at Wenatchee invites those students interested in a correctional officer career to contact the department to learn more about the combination of practical and academic learning that makes Wenatchee graduates so successful in the workplace.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.18%
  • Program Graduates: 25
  • Total Graduates: 2,124

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: wvc.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
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Cabrillo College

6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos, CA 95003

Located in Aptos, California, Cabrillo college services approximately 14,000 undergraduate students in over 70 disciplines. Established in 1959 as a public 2-year college, Cabrillo College offers a variety of certificate, bachelor's and associate's degree programs to support student learning needs. Students with an interest in the field of corrections are encouraged to apply to Cabrillo College's Department of Public Safety for more information about how the program's mix of practical and academic training will help them attain the career of their choice once graduated.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.17%
  • Program Graduates: 37
  • Total Graduates: 3,170

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: cabrillo.edu
  • School Size: 10,000 - 20,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
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University of New Mexico-Main Campus

1700 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

Established in 1889 and located in Albuquerque, the University of New Mexico is a public 4-year university that bears the status of being the state's flagship university. With an enrolment of 34,793 students, UNM has 6,899 faculty and staff to guide and teach the student body. Students who are interested in a career as a correctional officer may be interested in UNM's degree program for Criminal Justice. Upon completion, students can apply directly to state Department of Corrections recruitment personnel or transfer to a four-year institution.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.13%
  • Program Graduates: 126
  • Total Graduates: 11,172

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 4-year
  • Website: unm.edu
  • School Size: More than 20,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
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Moraine Park Technical College

235 N National Avenue, Fond du Lac, WI 54936-1940

Located in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and established in 1912, Moraine Park Technical Institute has a student body of 18,784. A public 2-year institution, MPTI is an integral part of the community, providing certification and associate's degree programs, as well as career training and basic skills education. Students who are committed to pursuing a career in corrections are advised to contact MPTI's criminal justice department for more information. Having graduated with an associate's degree, students can seek employment immediately or continue their studies for a 4-year degree. Career retraining and upgrades are also common for existing officers.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.10%
  • Program Graduates: 29
  • Total Graduates: 2,644

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: morainepark.edu
  • School Size: 5,000 - 10,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
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Joliet Junior College

1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL 60431-8938

Established in 1901, Joliet Junior College has approximately 29,000 students enrolled in a variety of certification and degree programs. A public, 2-year community college located in Joliet, Illinois, JJC is the oldest junior college in the nation. Students who are interested in becoming correctional officers are encouraged to contact the Criminal Justice Studies-Corrections program in order ask questions regarding the physical, practical and academic milestones they will be required to learn before graduating.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.07%
  • Program Graduates: 42
  • Total Graduates: 3,940

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: jjc.edu
  • School Size: 10,000 - 20,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
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Lake Technical Center

2001 Kurt Street, Eustis, FL 32726

Lake Technical Center is a public 2-year community college located in Eustis, Florida. Offering certification programs as well as degree programs, Lake Technical Center serves the needs of its community by ensuring student's graduate with the skills required to enter their chosen career. Students who are interested in a correctional officer career path are advised to speak with the program coordinator about how Lake Technical Center produces candidates that are professionally prepared for the criminal justice roles in Florida.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.06%
  • Program Graduates: 11
  • Total Graduates: 1,034

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: laketech.org
  • School Size: Less than 1,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
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Muskegon Community College

221 S Quarterline Rd, Muskegon, MI 49442-1432

Founded in 1926 and located in Muskegon, Michigan, MCC is the fourth largest college in the state. With just under 5,000 students, MCC offers almost 100 certificate and degree program options for eager learners to choose from. Those students who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of corrections are encouraged to contact the school for up to date Michigan Department of Corrections requirements in order to choose an educational path that will be most beneficial when applying through the Department of Corrections.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 1.01%
  • Program Graduates: 14
  • Total Graduates: 1,380

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: muskegoncc.edu
  • School Size: 1,000 - 5,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
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Polk State College

999 Avenue H NE, Winter Haven, FL 33881-4299

Founded in 1964, Polk State College is a 4-year public college with just over 10,000 students currently enrolled in a variety of certificate, associate's, and bachelor's programs. Located in Winter Haven, Florida, PSC is a vital part of the city's cultural and economic fabric. Students who are interested in pursuing a career in corrections or corrections employees who are looking for professional development opportunities are encouraged to contact the college for admission requirements, pre-requisites, and graduate statistics.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 0.9%
  • Program Graduates: 35
  • Total Graduates: 3,712

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 4-year
  • Website: polk.edu
  • School Size: 10,000 - 20,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
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Wayne County Community College District

801 W. Fort Street, Detroit, MI 48226

Founded in 1967, Wayne County Community College District is based in Detroit, Michigan and services an area containing more than 2 million people. With a diverse service area, WC3 caters to this diversity by providing a variety of career programs and upgrades, as well as traditional college degree programs and basic skills upgrades. Applicants who are interested in becoming correctional officers through WC3 are invited to contact the college's Criminal Justice department in order to obtain full information on the registration process as well as employment statistics for graduates.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 0.9%
  • Program Graduates: 58
  • Total Graduates: 6,488

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 2-year
  • Website: wcccd.edu
  • School Size: 10,000 - 20,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
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Eastern Kentucky University

521 Lancaster Ave, Richmond, KY 40475-3102

Located in Richmond, Kentucky and founded in 1906, Eastern Kentucky University is a teaching and research university with over 15,000 students enrolled annually. The university has three campuses to better serve its student body. Students interested in the field of corrections are advised to contact EKU's Corrections & Juvenile Justice Studies faculty in order to learn more about this unique program, as well as required prerequisites and employment statistics.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 0.9%
  • Program Graduates: 61
  • Total Graduates: 6,952

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 4-year
  • Website: programs.eku.edu
  • School Size: 10,000 - 20,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's degree
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Minnesota State University-Mankato

South Rd and Ellis Ave, Mankato, MN 56001

Established in 1868, the Minnesota State University - Mankato is part of the cultural, academic, and economic fabric of Mankato, Minnesota. A public 4-year university, there are over 15,000 students enrolled in various certificate and degree programs throughout the university. Students who are interested in pursuing a career in corrections are encouraged to contact the university's Department of Criminal Justice in order to fully understand the practical, physical and academic requirements of the program. Successful graduates can apply directly to the Department of Corrections recruitment office for employment.

Ranking Details

  • Percent of Graduates: 0.8%
  • Program Graduates: 55
  • Total Graduates: 6,500

School Details

  • School Type: Public, 4-year
  • Website: sbs.mnsu.edu
  • School Size: 10,000 - 20,000

Degree Levels

  • Certificate
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's degree
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