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 approved Associate of Science degree program for students interested 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.
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. Typical job titles include Corrections Officers, Jailors, and Detention Deputies. Examples of typical employers are federal, state, tribal and local correctional facilities; Bureau of Indian Affairs facilities; county jails and regional detention facilities; and juvenile detention facilities.
The mission of the Corrections Department 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. To ensure a degree program that is sensitive to the needs of potential employers and transfer institutions, the curriculum has been developed with extensive and continuous input from corrections professionals representing regional correctional facilities and academic staff from local colleges and universities.
Criminology Transfer Options
The Associate of Science degree in Corrections at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is articulated for transfer to the Criminology program at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. 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 UMD. 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.
Students in the Corrections program have the advantage of being trained by instructors who have direct field experience. Instructors on staff include current police officers, corrections officers, and attorneys. 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.
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:
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.