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.
The Associate of Arts Degree requires 24 units and the Associate of Science Degree required 27 units in Corrections. This pattern of courses has been endorsed by the Joint Apprenticeship Committee of the California Department of Corrections, California Youth Authority and California Correctional Peace Officers Association as a program which would be of benefit to apprentices.
INFORMATION FOR CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS
Additionally, Rio Hondo College offers those who have graduated from the CDCR Correctional Officer’s Academy 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 with the exception of Corrections 290 (3 units) which is an elective. These units will only count towards the 60 units for educational incentive pay and/or lateral opportunities within CDCR. Those interested in obtaining these units must: apply to the college, enroll in at least one course and complete the course with a passing grade, and submit the attached form to the Department of Correction’s Academy.
Pending approval, students who petition these units will receive 14.5 Rio Hondo Degree applicable elective college credits in addition to any other credits earned while taking classes with Rio Hondo College. For detailed information please contact Professor Carley Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 562-463-7745 or cell: 801-953-6173.