A rewarding, high-paying career in corrections is available in just two quarters through Pierce College's Corrections/Protection Officer training program. Get the training you need, in the classroom and in the field, to land a corrections position in any public or private facility. Training includes courses in addressing and understanding difficult behavior, dealing with change, making decisions, effective leadership, corrections theory and practice, and much more.
This two-quarter program includes classroom instruction in such real world tasks as writing reports, completing resumes, and interviewing, followed by five weeks of "on the job" training in a corrections internship. When finished, program graduates are ready to work in any corrections environment, in any jurisdictional level.
New classes start summer and winter quarters only.
Contact Corrections Program Coordinator Cindy Bassage at (253) 964-6790 to learn about upcoming dates.
Students admitted to Pierce's Corrections/Protection Officer training program must pass a criminal history check. Evaluators are looking for patterns of behavior, misdemeanors, felonies, and deception. Personal integrity is key to success in this career field.
Earn a certificate and be ready to work in just two quarters.
Twenty-two of the 26 credits required for this certificate are transferable to Pierce's associate's degree in Criminal Justice; the entire 26 credits are transferable to the Direct Transfer Associate (DTA), as well as to many four-year college programs.
Students intending to transfer into a four-year program are asked to work closely with their academic advisor.
Corrections is one of the fastest-growing career fields, and demand for qualified, trained workers is consistently high every year. In addition, more than 80 percent of students who complete Pierce College's certificate program are immediately hired in the field.