Corrections Specialist

Corrections Specialist

Technical Diploma

Criminal Justice-Corrections Specialist certificate provides students with a marketable diploma specifically related to a career in a jail or corrections setting after their first year of school which would allow them to move into the world of work if they are not able to continue with their education. At the end of the second semester, students are eligible to take the State Scenario testing.

  • Students and instructor training for jail academy

Program Outline

Term 1
Course # Course Title Credits
1050410400 Criminal Justice Program Orientation

Covers the following topics: program overview, related careers, college services and support services available, library resources, introduction to academic research techniques, and introduction to Brightspace. The course will help students increase critical and creative thinking skills and better prepare them for program and overall college success.

1050490700 Community Policing Strategies

Deals with the sociological aspects of police-community interactions. The dynamics of a diverse society are explored in order to develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes that reflect understanding of the diversity within communities.

1080119500 Written Communication

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. A variety of writing assignments is designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

Term 2
Course # Course Title Credits
1050410000 Introduction to Corrections

This class will provide a foundation to students that will enter the corrections profession. The course will cover Ethics and Ethical Decision Making, Professional Communication Skills, Report Preparation, and Correctional Law. The course is aligned with the State of Wisconsin DOJ Jail Academy requirements.

1050492000 Corrections Security Procedures

Learners will demonstrate the steps involved in receiving and releasing inmates, maintaining security, and practicing the basic principles of supervision and behavior control. Topics include: admission, release, and search procedures; use of jail locking and surveillance equipment; principles of supervision; and inmate health management procedures. All procedures are consistent with the DOJ Jail Certifiability Standards. Covers DOJ topics introduction to POSC, admit and release inmates, inmate supervision and behavior control, supervision of special inmates/crisis intervention, maintenance of jail security, supervision of juveniles, and personal stress management.

1050492100 Corrections Emergency Procedures

Learners will demonstrate the Principles of Subject Control (POSC) in a correctional environment with an emphasis on team tactics, and will develop the skills needed for mitigation of hostage-type situations. Learners will apply current fire science concepts to jail fire-prevention and response, including search and rescue, fire suppression, and use of safety equipment. This course will include DOJ topics POSC, jail hostage response, jail health care, jail fire safety, and CPR.


At A Glance

How You'll Learn


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Term Start Dates

Spring 2024: January 8 Summer 2024: May 6 Fall 2024: August 26

Start dates represent the beginning of a new term. Certain programs or courses may not be available to start every term. Please view the course schedules for a list of upcoming classes or contact the Welcome Center at 715-365-4493.

Program Tuition*


*Total cost for degree completion is estimated by current course requirements, books, and supplies. Tuition and fees are set by the Wisconsin Technical College System and subject to change.

Financial Aid Eligible


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This program has a zero cost for textbooks. If you continue your education beyond this program to complete a full associate's degree, there may be additional costs for books.

What You'll Learn

  • Examine the role jails and correctional facilities in the criminal justice system
  • Adhere to the professional code of ethics for a corrections officer
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of Corrections Officers in county jails
  • Apply professional communication skills
  • Interact effectively with coworkers and inmates

Your Potential Careers

  • Corrections Officer
  • Jailer
  • Private Security
  • Prison Guard

Median Annual Salary

$51,071 $42,132 $40,043
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Your application can be submitted online, it takes just a few minutes to complete.

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Gainful Employment Disclosure

This program is designed to be completed in 1 year.
This program will cost $2,319.00 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.
Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $7,136.50 of debt.
The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Wisconsin
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