Corrections

  • Overview

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:
  • Appreciate diverse cultural and individual perspectives
    • Define prejudice, discrimination, and stereotyping and discuss the impact of these concepts on the criminal justice system.
    • Professionally apply legal concepts in an empathetic and respectful manner to a free thinking and diverse society.
  • Solve problems collaboratively
    • Partner with other agencies, groups and individuals to address mutual community issues and problems.
    • Recognize the necessity to provide efficient and effective criminal justice services consistent with the needs of the community being served.
  • Reason and act ethically
    • Describe the relationship between discretion, ethics  and credibility.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical standards in the criminal justice system and apply these standards to practical situations.
  • Demonstrate civic knowledge and engagement
    • Use criminal justice concepts, within acceptable discretionary boundaries, to address community needs while respecting and safeguarding due process rights afforded by the Constitution.
  • Communicate in various modes and media
    • Effectively elicit and analyze factual information from victims, witnesses, and suspects and then appropriately convey this knowledge to other criminal justice professionals both in verbal and written form.
  • Use quantitative concepts and processes
    • Access and gather raw criminal justice statistical information.
    • Assess and proactively respond to the data.
  • Locate, evaluate, and use various sources of information
    • Recognize, retrieve, and prioritize factual information or other evidence that may have significance in the criminal justice process.
  • Explore the natural and physical world
    • Demonstrate an understanding of how the laws of physics and the natural sciences apply to the fact finding processes of the criminal justice system.
  • Think creatively and critically
    • Extrapolate ideas and concepts to construct an acceptable narrative of events and present data and ideas in a logical order.
  • Apply, integrate, and synthesize learning
    • Integrate and synthesize academic knowledge, experience and cultural resources.
May 1, 2014

What’s next

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