The corrections 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. This degree can prepare the student for a multitude of career paths such as…
- Correctional Officers
- Probation Officers
- Wardens…and more!
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLO)
- Apply legal definitions, concepts, and principles to law enforcement, courts, or correctional settings.
- Communicate information in a clear and organized manner.
- Analyze ethical dilemmas encountered in the law enforcement and/or corrections fields and decide on the correct ethical choice.
- Apply constitutional, statutory, procedural, and case law to real-life criminal justice situations.
- Adapt to the diverse and multicultural nature of American society in the criminal justice setting.
- Use the degree or certificate as a platform for a career in the criminal justice field or further study at a 4-year institution.
The Associate of Arts Degree requires 24 units and the Associate of Science Degree requires 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.
Courses noted in *astericks requires a prerequisite. Please consult with your counselor for an appropriate general education plan and major course requirement plan. Visit our Public Safety Guided Pathways website below for additional information and sample plans of your major.
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
- complete the course with a passing grade, and
- submit the attached form to the Department of Corrections 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 email@example.com
(562) 463-7745 or (801)953-6173