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.
ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN 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”.