The MDOC Corrections Officer Training Academies are no longer available at Muskegon Community College. If you are interested in attending a MDOC Corrections Officer Training Academy, please visit the MDOC website.
To become a corrections officer, applicants need to complete a minimum of 15 college credits in a prescribed selection of courses before applying. Previously, workers were trained by MDOC after they were hired; now, prospective workers will complete an application with the Department of Corrections, complete the civil service exam, and could then be interviewed and go through physical testing for a corrections job. If that is successful, they may then enroll in the training academy, and would then have a good chance of being hired as a corrections officer.
For specific information from MDOC and their hiring process visit the MDOC website.
Careers in corrections vary depending on the site. Most corrections officers with the MDOC will be working with convicted felons, overseeing them and maintaining order in the facilities. For example, corrections officers may work in or supervise activities in a housing unit, a food service program, a leisure/athletic area, or work in a gun tower. Those considering going into corrections should have good people and interpersonal skills. Corrections can also be a good starting point to other careers, such as parole or probation.
MCC offers associate degree and certificate programs in corrections. Further education will help officers improve their job skills and open up opportunities for advancement.
For more information on MCC’s Criminal Justice degree programs and courses, please contact an Academic Affairs Counselor at (231) 777-0362
If you have questions please call Cyndi Langlois at (231) 777-0456 in the Academic Affairs Office.