Criminal Justice - Corrections
10-504-2 Associate Degree (two-year)
Campus: New Richmond, Superior
Corrections. Criminal Justice. Law.
Trained corrections graduates are in demand in the state and across the
country. The Criminal Justice - Corrections program prepares students for
positions in a variety of corrections careers ranging from settings such as
group homes to maximum-security prisons.
The field of corrections needs people with high ethical standards, positive
human values, supportive attitudes and effective listening and negotiating
skills. Many career paths are available including positions in a victim-witness
program, correctional facility, youth detention center, treatment facility, or
halfway house. With further education, the potential for career advancement
exists as an administrator, juvenile caseworker, probation/parole agent and
Students may be eligible to complete the jail officer "Certification Track"
as part of the Criminal Justice - Corrections program. Successful completion of
the Certification Track provides the education and hands-on training required by
the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board to become certifiable as a jail
Students in this program must:
- Complete application form and submit with fee (fee waiver may apply if
- Complete Accuplacer entrance assessment to determine placement (waiver
may apply with acceptable alternative test scores and/or postsecondary
- Be at least 18 years of age prior to beginning program
- Have earned a high school diploma or GED certificate; current high
school seniors must provide documentation upon graduation
- Review and sign
Criminal History Record Check
and/or Criminal History Record Check Statement of Understanding
- Complete admissions interview with a WITC counselor (above requirements
should be completed prior to interview)
Students seeking certification for working in Wisconsin must:
- Pass a physical examination
- Submit Background Check fee
- Have acceptable results based on the Wisconsin Criminal History Single
Name Record Request; the student cannot be
convicted of a federal felony or of any offense which, if committed in
Wisconsin, could be punished as a felony unless the student has been granted
an absolute and unconditional pardon
Ethical. Accurate. Self-confident.
strive to reach a comfort level in the following courses or skills:
- Basic keyboarding and computer skills
- Basic math skills
- Reading skills at or above the high school level
- Writing skills at or above the high school level
WITC's simulation programs provide the next best thing to actual experience:
opportunities to sharpen skills in [almost] real life settings.
Students in this program must:
- Be honest and ethical
- Be able to accept authority and relate to authority figures
- Have strong organizational skills
- Have strong written and oral/interpersonal communication skills
- Have critical-thinking skills
- Be able to work in complex organizations
Employers will expect you graduates of the program to be able to:
- Think critically
- Manage emergencies
- Communicate effectively
- Demonstrate professionalism
- Conduct investigations
- Interact with others
- Demonstrate tactical skills (applies to Certification Track only)
The estimated total program cost for the two-year Criminal Justice -
Corrections program is approximately $8,500.
This program is eligible for financial aid.
View more information on
program and costs.