One of the fastest-growing occupational areas in the United States is the field of Corrections. Students seeking a career in this exciting profession are best prepared through completing a two-year degree program. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College offers an Associate of Science degree program in Corrections. Although no license is currently required to work in the Corrections industry, an Associate of Science degree in Corrections is highly valued when seeking employment in this job market. Our program prepares graduates for employment in residential, institutional, and field services settings.
The projected job outlook for graduates is excellent, and many agencies are continually seeking qualified new employees. Corrections professionals can earn excellent starting wages and benefits, and currently there is outstanding potential for job security and professional advancement. As agents of change, you will have opportunities to work with a variety of populations, including juveniles in detention or residential treatment, male and female offenders in the Department of Corrections, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Bureau of Indian Affairs, county and municipal jails, civilly committed sex offenders, and/or mentally ill and dangerous patients at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program or the Minnesota State Security Hospital, and a number of private residential treatment, detention, or youth facilities.
The mission of our Corrections Program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is to prepare students seeking careers in the dynamic field of corrections, and to prepare students for ease of transfer into four-year institutions. Corrections offers opportunities to serve the community, keep citizens safe, and truly change people’s lives. Our Corrections Program prepares students for careers as Agents of Change as they are prepared to deal with problems of crime and delinquency in the field, residential facilities, and correctional institutions.
Criminology Transfer Options
The Associate of Science degree in Corrections at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is articulated for transfer to the Corrections program at Minnesota Sate University-Mankato. Upon successful completion of the two-year Corrections degree program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, students would gain upper-division status at MSU-Mankato. This articulation is subject to change, and as with all transfer programs, students are advised to meet with counselors at both Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and at the intended transfer institution to ensure maximum benefit of the transfer process.
Our Corrections degree program also collaborates with a replicated program at Pine Technical and Community College. The Corrections Degree program is coordinated for co-enrollment through Pine Technical and Community College. Completed degrees will be awarded from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.
Students in the Corrections program have the advantage of being trained by instructors who have direct field experience. Instructors on staff include current probation officers, corrections officers, youth treatment specialists, and wardens. Instructional staff, combined with the multi-cultural environment at the college, offer opportunities that no other college can provide.
The Corrections program can be completed in two years. For students who already have a college degree or some college experience, or significant work experience in corrections, it is possible to complete the program in less time. Many classes are held during evening hours, allowing a flexible time to attend classes. Small class sizes, convenient access to computer labs, and student activities such as the Law Enforcement Club for students are added bonuses.
Here is a short video highlighting the advantages of our Corrections Degree program.
How to Enroll
New college students who are interested in the Corrections program should first take the Accuplacer Test and then schedule an appointment with an academic advisor or counselor.
Transfer students (with or without a previous degree) need to schedule an appointment with an advisor or counselor to determine what classes would be required.
To continue in the Corrections program, a student should maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 in all program courses.
To receive more information about the Corrections program, contact:
Cheryl Harder, Corrections Program Coordinator, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 218-879-0742.
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720
Associate of Science Degree Option Required Courses
The current degree program planner checklist of required courses is available for viewing and printing here.
Degree requirements and course are subject to change. Students should consult with an advisor/counselor when registering for courses.