Criminal Justice: Corrections Program

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SJVC’s Criminal Justice: Corrections prepares graduates for a career in Corrections.

The program includes instruction in criminal law, evidence collection and preservation, report writing, institutional corrections, physical agility training, defensive tactics and weaponless defense. Many graduates initially find work in security and develop entry-level work experience while they pursue employment as a correctional officer.
Train for a career in criminal justice at SJVC.

Students Will Learn
Throughout SJVC’s Criminal Justice: Corrections program, students will learn:

  • • Arrest and control techniques
  • • Firearms use
  • • Weaponless defense tactics
  • • CPR
  • • First Aid

Program Outcomes
Graduates will earn an Associate of Science Degree.

They also earn the following certifications: STC Adult Core Academy which includes an additional 8-hour Baton, POST PC 832 Laws of Arrest, POST PC 832 Firearms, Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) Guard Card and Armed Guard Card.

Our Adult Academy is STC certified through the Board of State and Community Corrections and includes over 82 hours of additional course content beyond the state’s minimum, including First Aid and CPR certification and field trips to correctional facilities.

Criminal Justice: Corrections students can earn an Associate of Science Degree in approximately 14 months.

Upon completion of the Corrections program, many graduates first find work in Security, while some graduates go directly to work in Corrections.

Security and Loss Prevention Officers can expect to:

  • • Answer alarms and investigate disturbances
  • • Guard premises to prevent theft, violence, and breaking of laws and rules
  • • Monitor and authorize entry or exit of visitors, patrons or employees

Detention and Correctional Officers can expect to:

  • • Maintain security in buildings, towers and other areas of an adult correctional facility
  • • Intervene during emergencies or altercations within a correctional facility
  • • Escort/transport offenders

SJVC’s Criminal Justice: Corrections program is available at 8 of our California campuses:

Admissions Requirements
Admission to the Criminal Justice: Corrections program requires:

  • • High school diploma or equivalent
  • • Passing score in Admissions assessment
  • • U.S. Citizenship
  • • No felony criminal convictions
  • • No misdemeanor convictions that would prohibit applicant from possessing a firearm
  • • No legal conditions that would prohibit applicant from possessing a firearm
  • • Valid California driver license
  • • Applicant must be in good health and physically fit
  • • Applicant must be age 18 by program start date

Enrollment in the Criminal Justice: Corrections program is subject to the approval of the CJC Program Director or their designee.

Applicants must have reliable plans for transportation, child care and time to devote to academic work outside of scheduled class hours.

Accreditation & Approvals
The Criminal Justice: Corrections program is accredited by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation/Corrections Standards Authority, and the Bureau of Security and Investigative Service (BSIS).

California POST
1601 Alhambra Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95816-7083
(916) 227-3909 |

Corrections Standards Authority
600 Bercut Drive
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-5073

Bureau of Security and Investigative Service
PO Box 980550
West Sacramento, CA 980550
(800) 952-5210 |

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at:

San Joaquin Valley College is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution in the state of California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). BPPE physical address: 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833; mailing address: P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818; phone (916) 431-6959; toll free (888) 370-7589; fax (916) 263-1897; website:

If a degree in Criminal Justice: Corrections sounds like the opportunity you’ve been looking for, please complete SJVC’s Request Information form. An Admissions Advisor will contact you soon to discuss how you can reach your career goals with SJVC.
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