Fresno, CA, Corrections Degrees and Programs
Corrections education and training opportunities are available at four institutions within 40 minutes of Fresno, CA. This article looks at three of these 2-year public schools and their programs. It also contains a table that offers an overview of various factors that are important to prospective students, such as costs and enrollment.
- Fresno City College is located in the city and offers a correctional academy.
- West Hills College Lemoore offers associate's degree programs in administration of justice with specializations in corrections. West Hills College Lemoore is 29.7 miles from downtown Fresno.
- The College of the Sequoias is in Visalia, 39.3 miles from downtown Fresno. It also has associate's degree programs in administration of justice with corrections specializations.
Comparison of Schools
There are many factors to consider when choosing a school. The following table makes it simple to compare these three schools, allowing prospective students to arrive at an informed decision.
|Fresno City College||West Hills College Lemoore||College of the Sequoias|
|School Type||Two-year; public||Two-year; public||Two-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||22,771*||4,202*||12,277*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Fringe rural||Midsize city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)|| $1,304 in-state
| $1,380 in-state
| $1,390 in-state
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||85%*||84%*||82%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - open admissions||N/A - open admissions||N/A - open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)|| 65% of full-time students
37% of part-time students*
| 76% of full-time students
37% of part-time students*
| 67% of full-time students
43% of part-time students*
|Graduation Rate (began 2014)||18% (6% transfer-out rate)*||37% (7% transfer-out rate)*||29% (3% transfer-out rate)*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Fresno City College
Fresno City College offers intensive corrections training through its academy. Graduates of the program can find employment as corrections officers at the county level.
Juvenile Correctional Officer CORE Program
This 160-hour training program is approved by the Standards and Training for Corrections. Classes meet on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for about a month, during which students receive physical, tactical and academic training. The core courses of the program are offered in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies, providing an easy transition for qualified graduates from the classroom to entry-level employment opportunities.
West Hills College
West Hills College Lemoore can equip students with the theoretical knowledge and tactical skills required to enter the corrections career field. The corrections focus is offered as an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree program.
Associate in Science/Associate in Arts in Administration of Justice - Correctional Science
Students in this program receive instruction in correctional control, supervision, interviewing and counseling and fundamentals of criminal law. Students complete 18 credit hours of core courses required by the Commission on Correctional Peace Officers Standards and Training for all new entry-level corrections hires in the state of California. The administration of justice program can be customized through electives in probation and parole, community relations in criminal justice, criminal investigation and juvenile delinquency.
College of the Sequoias
The College of the Sequoias has an administration of justice associate's program that gives students an opportunity to pursue concentrations in corrections or law enforcement. The program is designed for students who hope to pursue local jobs in corrections.
Associate of Science in Administration of Justice - Corrections
Students can gain a theoretical understanding of the organizational and institutional processes in correctional facilities. Courses in the program cover topics in juvenile laws and delinquency, corrections counseling, ethics in criminal justice and introductions to corrections and legal aspects of corrections. Students have the opportunity to take part in a cooperative work experience that can count for credit, subject to the instructor's approval. The entire program requires at least 60 credit hours, with 30 of those credit hours coming from corrections courses.