The correctional program is designed to prepare students to enter the field of corrections as competent correctional officers, counselors, probation or parole aides, or para-professional volunteers for any correctional agency. The student may elect to transfer to a four-year college or seek entry level employment in a correctional agency. The courses will provide an academic as well as a practical training program. This will train persons seeking to enter the field of corrections and will increase the education of persons already employed in corrections and may also be beneficial to update the skills and knowledge of professional workers in the field of corrections.
Additionally, Rio Hondo College offers those who have graduated from the CDCR Academy’s 16 week course (totaling 640 hours) the opportunity to get transfer credit. Rio Hondo staff has reviewed the CDCR Academy curriculum and have determined that the subject matter presented has an equivalency of 14.5 units although not necessarily meeting any core class requirements, these are Advance Officer Training electives. These units will only count towards the 60 units for educational incentive pay but are not degree applicable. Those interested in obtaining these units must: apply to the college, enroll in a course, complete the course, receive a passing grade, and once that grade has posted they can request in writing the transferable units known as “Basic Correctional Officer Academy/AOT Transfer Credit”.
INFORMATION FOR CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS
Rio Hondo College provides Correction Academy Graduates the opportunity to receive college credit for completing the Corrections Academy. Interested individuals are eligible for 14.5 transferrable college credits, only after successfully completing a class with Rio Hondo. The request to petition the transferrable credits must be made within a year of taking a class/es with the college and submitted via email. Pending approval, students who petition these units will receive 14.5 college credits in addition to any other credits earned while taking classes with Rio Hondo College.
To begin the process, interested individuals must:
- Be a student with Rio Hondo College or register to become one: http://www.riohondo.edu/get-started/
- Enroll in at least one class, any class; and yes, we offer online classes. (All classes can be viewed online.) http://ssb.riohondo.edu/PROD/pw_pub_sched.p_search
- Successfully complete the class and receive a passing grade.
- Wait for the grade/s to officially post. (Usually happens 1-week after the semester ends.)
- Contact Delbia Orozco, Division Secretary with the Department of Public Safety at Rio Hondo College by email in which you’ll include the following:
- Mailing Address
- Phone Number
- Rio Hondo Student ID Number
- Brief description indicating the request/petition of credits for completing the Correction Academy.
- At some point you’ll need to contact the CORRECTIONS ACADEMY (typically done at the very beginning when you register for a class or while you’re enrolled in a class with the college) and request that they send a copy of your “Training Confirmation Letter” to Rio Hondo College. (This letter can be sent, ATTN: Delbia Orozco.)
- Upon receipt of the email and CDCR letter, the petition process can begin. Paperwork is compiled and necessary signatures are gathered. (This process can take approximately 1-week but does depend on faculty availability which is based on the school calendar.)
- Once the paperwork is complete it’s routed to our Admissions & Records Department. They apply the units to your student record/transcript. (Please allow at least 2-weeks to process from the date that I send up request to them.)
- Contact Admissions & Records to confirm that all of your Rio Hondo College credits have been applied, including the 14.5 units. http://www.riohondo.edu/admissions
- If your transcript is correct, request a copy: http://www.riohondo.edu/admissions/transcripts/ (A minimal fee is applied.)
The petition may not have a quick turnaround time and students must understand that there are several parts to the process. They must also take into consideration the length of a class (which can be 8 to 16 weeks long during the Spring and Fall semester; and much shorter during the summer) and that they may encounter delays in registering for classes due to our enrollment process. In the end, if all steps are followed the petition should be granted and units should be issued.
Additionally, many CDCR graduates are also interested in pursuing 60 units or receiving their Associates Degree. Our on-site counselor is an excellent source of information who can guide students through either process. His name is Sergio Guzman and he can be reached at 562-463-7611.