February 16, 2023
Corrections officers needing college credits are now eligible to attend Delta College, or any of the state’s 31 community colleges, tuition-free under a new grant program administered by the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA).
Current state law requires state corrections officers to complete 15 college credits as a requirement for employment. To help officers complete this requirement, MCCA established the Michigan Corrections Officer Grant Program to support tuition and fees at any of its colleges. The Fiscal Year 2023 State Budget included the funding for the program.
“This grant program will make a huge difference for corrections officers needing to complete their education requirements,” said MDOC Director Heidi Washington.
To be eligible for the Michigan Corrections Officer Grant Program and free tuition, corrections officers must meet the following criteria:
- Be employed by MDOC
- Earned less than 15 college credits
- Received approval from MDOC for the program
- Enroll at a community college in Michigan
Delta College offers a convenient online 15-credit vocational corrections certificate made up of five courses:
- CJ 130 – Introduction to Corrections
- CJ 132 – Client Relations in Corrections
- CJ 135 – Correctional Institutions and Facilities
- CJ 233 – Criminology, Client Growth and Development
- CJ 238 – Legal Issues in Corrections
“Corrections officers are critical to the safety of our communities and Michigan community colleges are pleased to make it easier for them to obtain the credit they need,” said MCCA President Brandy Johnson. “Our colleges are located in every corner of the state, making them more accessible for learners working and attending classes at the same time. This grant program removes barriers to success for our state’s corrections officers.”
To learn more about Delta College visit delta.edu. To learn the program and how to apply, visit www.mcca.org/Michigan-Corrections-Officer-Grant-Program.