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Criminal Justice-Corrections Program Code 105042

Associate Degree

Offered at the Green Bay campus. For information: (920) 498-5444. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Criminal Justice – Corrections students relate theory to current practice trends, problems, and issues and also study correctional counseling, sociology, and security.

Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

Correctional Officer: monitors, supervises, and informally counsels inmates under his/her control; works cooperatively with other correctional staff; maintains order within the facility; enforces rules and regulations; searches inmates for contraband items such as weapons or drugs; transports inmates; mediates disputes between inmates; enforces discipline; and reports verbally and in writing about inmate conduct and the quality and quantity of work done by inmates.

Youth Care Worker: monitors the whereabouts and activities of clients under his/her responsibility, informally counsels, and guides proper personality development of clients.

Secure Detention Worker: oversees and monitors juveniles within a secure detention facility, maintains order within the setting, cooperates with staff and law enforcement personnel, is responsible for oral and written communications with a variety of agencies, and is knowledgeable about federal and state laws concerning juvenile rights.

Students Seeking a Certificate in Community Corrections Can Also: Understand substance abuse.
Compare numerous theories of offender treatment.
Demonstrate methods of computer crime investigation.

Students Seeking a Certificate in Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Can Also: Identify and explain common purposes of group counseling.
Plan and carry out a purposeful counseling group activity.
Explore the personal and professional characteristics of the counselor.

Students Seeking a Certificate in Jail and Juvenile Detention Can Also: Apply principles of subject control.
Implement fire safety.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

. Adult or Juvenile Administrator
. Institutional Case Worker or Social Worker
. Division of Community Corrections Agent
. Youth Counselor or Case Aide
. Youth Detention Home Supervisor

Note

. Students should be aware that a previous criminal record will limit their opportunity to gain successful employment.
. Wisconsin Training and Standards requires a completed criminal background check in order to successfully complete certifiability. Based upon results of the criminal background check, a student may be denied certifiability and admission into or completion of the Jail and Juvenile Detention Certificate.
. Students seeking the certifiable jail officer track must successfully complete 12 credits of specific courses within the program, complete the student folder and background check before being eligible to take the following certification requirement courses in conjunction with the Jail and Juvenile Detention Certificate: PS Job Interview & Resume Writing, 105-04-128; Corrections Internship, 10-504-171; Communication Skills 10-504-931; Emergency Procedures, 10-504-936; and Corrections Summary Assessment 10-504-935
. Due to Department of Justice - Training and Standards Bureau requirements, transfer of credits for core Criminal Justice courses will not be accepted. The exception to this would be if the courses are from another Wisconsin Technical College who is authorized as a certified Department of Justice - Training and Standards training academy.

Program Outcomes

. Analyze security procedures.
. Exercise interviewing techniques.
. Examine the state and federal court structure.
. Apply restraints.
. Outline the juvenile and adult criminal justice system.
. Prepare reports.
. Interpret correctional law.
. Summarize probation and parole procedures.
. Demonstrate oral communication skills.
. Compare numerous theories of criminal behavior.
. Contrast various components of the criminal justice system.
. Distinguish numerous functions of community corrections.
. Identify the components that comprise corrections.
. Summarize the administrative and managerial functions within the correctional system.
. Be eligible to become a state certified jail officer.
. Apply basic math skills.
. Demonstrate keyboarding and computer skills.
. Be eligible to become a state certified juvenile detention officer.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application.
. Official high school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
. To be eligible to participate in core Criminal Justice courses, certification track students must have their student folder complete.
. Good writing and communication skills.
. Strong organizational skills.
. Students should have mastered basic math skills (whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, and measurements).
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Arithmetic, 65; Reading Comprehension, 55: Sentence Skills, 75. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Curriculum

Students following the study plan below will complete the Criminal Justice-Corrections associate degree in the number of semesters shown.

FIRST SEMESTER

10-504-114 Police-Nutrition/Fitness
1
10-801-136 English Composition 1
3
10-801-198 Speech
3
10-804-107 College Mathematics
3
10-809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & App
3
10-809-197 Contemporary Amer Society
3
* 10-890-101 College 101
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
SECOND SEMESTER

10-504-123 Correctional Institutions
3
10-504-132 Courts/Jurisdiction
3
10-504-153 Ethics - Criminal Justice
3
** 10-504-900 Intro to Criminal Justice
3
** 10-504-931 Communication Skills
3
** 10-504-933 Correctional Report Writing
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
THIRD SEMESTER

10-504-128 PS-Job Interviews & Resume Writing
1
10-504-155 Community Corrections
3
10-504-172 Criminology
3
** 10-504-932 Adult Supervision
3
** 10-504-934 Correctional Law & Code
3
** 10-504-937 Juvenile Supervision
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
FOURTH SEMESTER

10-504-171 Corrections Internship
2
** 10-504-930 Security Procedures
3
** 10-504-935 Corrections Summary Assessment
1
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies
3
10-809-199 Psychology Of Human Relations
3
** Elective
2
SEMESTER TOTAL
14

TOTAL CREDITS
65

Curriculum Note
*The credit for 10-890-101, College 101, is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.
**Students enrolled in either of the Associate Degree Criminal Justice programs planning to become certifiable must complete core criminal justice courses for the program within three years. The clock starts for a college certification track student on the first day the student enters into a core criminal justice course. Students must obtain a "C" or better in all of these classes.

Suggested Electives
**Emergency Procedures, 10-504-936
Understanding Substance Abuse, 10-550-170
Fundamentals of Emergency Dispatch, 10-504-162

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-504-114 POLICE-NUTRITION/FITNESS ...the course will provide an introduction to nutrition and eating correctly for maximum value. Also, an introduction to fitness for a criminal justice professional.

10-504-123 CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS ...the evolution of punishment, development of prisons, southern penal systems, the "Big House" era, prisoner movement, inmate groups, special offender groups, the female offender, prison programs, prison services.

10-504-128 PS-JOB INTERVIEWS & RESUME WRITING ... Students will learn about the criminal justice hiring process from application and resume writing, oral interviews and the background investigation. (Corequisite: 10-504-900, Intro to Criminal Justice)

10-504-132 COURTS/JURISDICTIONS ...development of the American judicial system, the federal and Wisconsin court structure, Wisconsin judicial rules and procedures from complaint to sentencing as they impact police or correctional officers.

10-504-153 ETHICS - CRIMINAL JUSTICE ...in-depth study of ethical philosophies and their application to the Law Enforcement Officer’s Code of Ethics and professional performance in the field. Topics include morality, leadership, ethical decision-making, self-actualization, ethics-based performance and the breakdown of ethical conduct.

10-504-155 COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS ...criminal justice system stages, community-based corrections, diversion programs, pre-trial release programs, restitution, community service, temporary release programs, halfway houses, female offenders, drug and alcohol abusing offenders, and juvenile programs.

10-504-171 CORRECTIONS INTERNSHIP...training in criminal and juvenile justice settings under supervised observation and participation. (Corequisite: 10-504-900, Intro to Criminal Justice)

10-504-172 CRIMINOLOGY ...nature, extent, and distribution of crime in the United States; biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of crime causation; and legal and political implications of crime prevention and control.

10-504-900 INTRO TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE ...criminal justice, crime picture, criminal law, theories of crime, history of policing, police management, legal aspects, courts, corrections, correction facilities.

10-504-930 SECURITY PROCEDURES ...steps involved in receiving and releasing inmates and maintaining security, admission, release and search procedures, use of jail locking and surveillance equipment, inmate health management, and mitigation of hostage type situations. (Corequisite: 10-504-900, Intro to Criminal Justice)

10-504-931 COMMUNICATION SKILLS ...apply correctional professional skills including mediation, arbitration, and crisis intervention in a correctional setting. (Corequisite: 10-504-900, Intro to Criminal Justice)

10-504-932 ADULT SUPERVISION ...practice supervision skills including positive behavior control, dispute resolution, and incident debriefing. Explore belief systems, social pressure, moral problems, decision-making and the consequences of decisions. (Corequisite: 10-504-900, Intro to Criminal Justice)

10-504-933 CORRECTIONAL REPORT WRITING ...learn basic requirements, guidelines and skills for proper and professional documentation of activities and incidents in a correctional setting. (Prerequisite: 10-801-136, English Comp 1; Corequisite: 10-504-900, Intro to Criminal Justice)

10-504-934 CORRECTIONAL LAW & CODE ...concepts and principles underlying legal requirements for jail operations and guidelines for protecting the legal rights of inmates, introduction to the role of the jail officer, rules and standards governing correctional operations, structure of the court system, overview of civil liability, and key constitutional rights of inmates. (Corequisite: 10-504-900, Intro to Criminal Justice)

10-504-935 CORRECTIONS SUMMARY ASSESSMENT ...refine previously learned skills and abilities by applying them to various case studies and simulated situations. (Corequisites: 10-504-900, Intro to Criminal Justice;10-504-171, Corrections Internship; 10-504-930, Security Procedures; Prerequisites: all other 10-504-XXX Corrections program courses)

10-504-937 JUVENILE SUPERVISION ...apply theories of adolescent development to develop strategies for effective supervision, protection, and discipline of juveniles. (Corequisite: 10-504-900, Intro to Criminal Justice)

10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills =75 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-801-198 SPEECH ...fundamentals of effective oral presentation to small and large groups: topic selection, audience analysis, methods of organization, research, structuring evidence and support, delivery techniques, and the listening process. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer- Reading =55 and Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 OR ACT Reading =15 and ACT English=16 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-804-107 COLLEGE MATHEMATICS ...an introductory level course designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and statistics. Emphasis will be placed on computational skills and applications of rational numbers; problem solving skills with ratios, proportions, and percent; basic principles and application of algebra, geometry, graphing, and statistics; measurement skills in U.S. Customary and Metric Systems; and the use of calculators as a tool. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer-Arithmetic score=65 or ACT-Math score=15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer-Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-166 INTRO TO ETHICS: THEORY & APP ...basic understanding of theoretical foundations of ethical thought; analyze/compare relevant issues using diverse ethical perspectives; critically evaluate individual, social/professional standards of behavior--applying a systematic decision-making process. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-197 CONTEMPORARY AMER SOCIETY...the major social institutions within the American society: government, family, education, religion, and economic system. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-199 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS ...decision making, motivation, conflict resolution, learning strategies, growth and adjustment, diversity, psychological theories, relationships, psychological disorders, stress, career analysis, social psychology, and lifespan development. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

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