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SJVC’s Criminal Justice: Corrections program prepares graduates for a career in corrections or private security.

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At a Glance

  • Earn an Associate of Science Degree in as few as 14 months

  • Earn industry certifications to boost employment opportunities

  • Available at seven campuses across California

  • Affordable tuition varies by location, learn more now

About the Program

What Will I Learn

Our 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.

Our Criminal Justice: Corrections students learn:

  • Arrest and control techniques
  • Courtroom procedures
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Firearms* use
  • Evidence collection and preservation

* Effective January 1, 2020, BSIS Exposed Firearms Permits may only be issued to applicants who are 21 years of age or older. (Individuals who do not meet the new age requirement will be allowed to participate in the Firearms Range Qualifications Training that does not apply to the Permit application, or be provided an alternate assignment. In either case, students can return to re-take the Firearms Range Qualifications Training when they meet the age requirement at no additional cost.)

Career Opportunities

The Criminal Justice: Corrections program prepares graduates to work as correctional officers and jailers, in addition to employment opportunities such as retail loss prevention specialists or security guards.

For detailed regional information please visit https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333012.htm#st 

Program Availability

SJVC’s Criminal Justice: Corrections program is available at the following campuses:

Admission 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 an applicant from possessing a firearm
  • No legal conditions that would prohibit an applicant from possessing a firearm
  • Valid California driver’s 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.

Program Outcomes

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

They also earn the following certifications: Standards and Training for Corrections (STC) Adult Core Academy, which includes 8-hour Baton, and Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) certified training in Powers to Arrest, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Firearms*, Baton, Chemical Agents, Public Relations, Observations and Documentation, Communications and its Significance, and Liability and Legal Aspects – resulting in (BSIS) Security Guard Card and (BSIS) Security Guard Exposed Weapons permits. Students also earn certification in CPR/First Aid.
* Effective January 1, 2020, BSIS Exposed Firearms Permits may only be issued to applicants who are 21 years of age or older. (Individuals who do not meet the new age requirement will be allowed to participate in the Firearms Range Qualifications Training that does not apply to the Permit application, or be provided an alternate assignment. In either case students can return to re-take the Firearms Range Qualifications Training when they meet the age requirement at no additional cost.)

Cost & Financial Aid

Tuition varies by campus, program of study and program credential level. Education is the most important investment you can make in your future. There is a financial plan available for everyone, including a broad range of financial assistance options. Visit SJVC’s Net Price Calculator to get personalized information on college costs and financial aid. Check out SJVC’s Consumer Information to learn about program costs by campus and credential level. Also, you can talk to an Admissions Representative to discuss the costs of your chosen program, and schedule an appointment with an experienced financial aid officer.

Accreditation & Approvals

SJVC’s Criminal Justice: Corrections program is certified to provide instruction by the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC)/Standards & Training for Corrections (STC) and the Bureau of Security and Investigative Service (BSIS).

Institutional Accreditation

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510)748-9001.

https://www.wscuc.org/

The WSCUC is an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

State Approvals

CALIFORNIA

SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Title 5, Division 7.5, – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations. As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the Bureau’s internet website (www.bppe.ca.gov).

View additional State Approvals for SJVC.

Read Our Career Guide On Criminal Justice: Corrections

Correctional officers work in jails and prisons and oversee those who have been incarcerated, including those who are awaiting bail or other trial proceedings.

Criminal Justice: Corrections FAQ

What can you do with a criminal justice degree?

Criminal justice degrees come in all levels, from associate to bachelor’s to master’s degrees. The Criminal Justice: Corrections program prepares graduates to work as correctional officers and jailers, in addition to employment opportunities such as retail loss prevention specialists or security guards. 

What do you learn in criminal justice?

SJVC’s Criminal Justice: Corrections program has courses on criminal law, evidence collection, defense tactics, and agility training. ​​Our Criminal Justice: Corrections students learn:

  • Arrest and control techniques
  • Courtroom procedures
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Evidence collection and preservation

How long does it take to get a criminal justice degree?

The Criminal Justice: Corrections program at SJVC can be completed in as few as 14 months. Students in the program receive an Associate of Science degree. 

What is the primary incentive for being a corrections officer?

The decision to become a corrections officer is a personal one and there is no one primary incentive. Some may want to be a corrections officer to help their community or be part of the criminal justice system. Others may consider the availability of work in their area. Consider why you are interested in criminal justice and weigh the decision to pursue this career.

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  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Correctional Officers and Bailiffs, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/correctional-officers.htm (visited September 11, 2021).