Corrections

  • Overview
  • Stackables
  • Employment
We emphasize inmate management, treatment and re-entry using an evidence-based approach to criminal behavior. Modeled on the national Transition from Jail to Community (TJC) initiative, GCC’s Corrections Certificate is the only corrections program in western Massachusetts focused on the philosophy of rehabilitation. We prepare students for employment in the growing corrections field; enhance the skills and knowledge of people already working in corrections; and provide a solid foundation in criminal justice for degree-seeking students.
  • Curriculum documents

    To plan certificate completion, see the course descriptions in the academic catalog which specify the planned semester(s) in which required classes are to be scheduled.

  • This is just one way you might complete the Corrections Certificate Program in 2 semesters over 1 year of full-time study, or 4 semesters over 2 years of part-time study. (Sample course sequences assume that all pre-requisites have been satisfied and the student is prepared for college-level work.) For a detailed list of required courses, optional electives and program information download the Corrections program description from our official academic catalog.

    Course descriptions are also available in the catalog. Find courses

    Sample 1 Year Sequence of Courses
    FallSpring

    CRJ 101
    CRJ 103
    CRJ 109
    ENG Comp. I
    PSY 101

    CRJ 110
    CRJ 121
    SOC 101
    PCS 141

    Sample 2 Year Sequence of Courses
    Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2

    CRJ 101
    CRJ 103
    ENG Comp. I

    CRJ 109
    PSY 101

    CRJ 121
    SOC 101

    CRJ 110
    PCS 141

Student learning outcomes

Students completing a course of study in this program will be able to:

What’s next

Employment as a corrections officer in a public correctional facility or continuation towards an Associate in Science Degree in Criminal Justice.

The Corrections program is a certificate that “stacks” into a GCC degree program. Depending on course selection, once you earn this certificate you’re already halfway to earning one of the following degrees:

These certificates are a great way to gain a valuable credential and increase your earning power and career potential, all while building a solid foundation for seamless transfer into one of our associate degree programs. Work closely with your advisor to make sure you choose the right classes to put you on track for an associate degree!

Learn more about our stackable degrees and certificates »

Gainful employment disclosure

The US Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.” At GCC this includes our career-ready certificate programs. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; on time completion rate; and for programs with a minimum number of graduates in the most recent academic year: the number of students who completed the program, the number of students who complete the program on time, and the median federal and private loan debt incurred by graduates.

View gainful employment data for the Corrections program