Students interested in training for jobs in the corrections field can take advantage of the postsecondary educational opportunities at several Oregon schools. Corrections training is often found within criminal justice programs. Some schools offer certificate programs that are specifically focused on corrections, while other programs lead to the award of associate's or bachelor's degrees in criminal justice and include classes in corrections. Students may choose to specialize in juvenile corrections or earn a more general degree. Some such programs include an in-field experience.
Chemeketa Community College
Located in Salem, Chemeketa Community College is a school that prospective corrections officers may want to investigate for training opportunities. The school offers two certificate programs specifically focused on corrections training. The basic corrections certificate includes courses in the corrections process, parole, transportation, restraints and criminology.
Students with an interest in juvenile corrections will also find a program that suits them. The associate degree programs in criminal justice and juvenile justice include a juvenile corrections certificate option. This certificate can be pursued in conjunction with either associate degree or on its own. The curriculum for this certificate program includes training in crime and delinquency, crisis intervention and corrections casework.
Clackamas Community College
Students in the Oregon City region will find two corrections programs at Clackamas Community College. Students interested in general corrections may opt to study for the associate degree in corrections. Those who have more of an interest in juvenile justice will find a one-year juvenile corrections certificate program. This certificate program is offered in cooperation with the Oregon Youth Authority and features training in corrections casework, juvenile delinquency and abnormal psychology.
Klamath Community College
Students located near Klamath Falls might want to consider the degree program in criminal justice at Klamath Community College. This is a two-year associate degree program that is designed to prepare students for work as corrections officers, correctional treatments specialists or community corrections professionals. The curriculum includes courses that cover correctional casework, correctional administration and probation. A criminal justice certificate program is available as well.
Rogue Community College
Rogue Community College in Grants Pass offers an associate degree program and a certificate program for students interested in corrections. Although this criminal justice associate degree program is not specifically dedicated to corrections training, students will find an introductory corrections course as part of the program's required classes. The curriculum also includes courses in juvenile delinquency and the judicial process. A certificate program in juvenile corrections is available at this school as well. This program provides training in areas like criminology and crisis intervention and includes a cooperative work experience course.
Southern Oregon University
Students looking for a four-year program that will help them prepare for corrections careers will find such a program at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. This school offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. The curriculum includes instruction in criminal law and juvenile delinquency in addition to a capstone course. Students interested in corrections will find electives like correctional institutions and conflict management. A minor in criminal justice is available as well.
Southwestern Oregon Community College
Located in Coos Bay, Southwestern Oregon Community College offers a comprehensive criminal justice program. Students can pursue an associate degree with a curriculum that includes corrections coursework. Students following this curriculum take courses in institutional corrections, narcotics, corrections counseling and public safety. The program also includes a field experience course.
Umpqua Community College
Umpqua Community College is located in Roseburg. This school offers an associate degree program in criminal justice that can help prepare students for employment in the corrections field. This program is designed to give students an overview of the criminal justice field and train them to work as corrections officers, sheriffs or police officers. This program will also help prepare students to enter a four-year criminal justice program. A juvenile corrections certificate program is available as well. Courses in this program include social problems of addiction and juvenile delinquency.
Students who complete certificate or degree programs and are interested in working as corrections officers can apply for jobs directly through the Oregon Department of Corrections website. Corrections officers in Oregon must be United States citizens at least 21 years of age and be able to pass a criminal background check. They are also required to possess a high school diploma or equivalent as a minimum and pass a basic corrections course.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Corrections Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Chemeketa Community College||2-year, public; midsize suburb|| Basic Corrections Certificate,
Juvenile Corrections Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice,
Associate of Applied Science in Juvenile Justice
| $4,725 in-state;
|Clackamas Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Juvenile Corrections Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Corrections
| $4,944 in-state;
|Klamath Community College||2-year, public; remote town|| Criminal Justice Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice
| $4,404 in-state;
|Rogue Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural|| Juvenile Corrections Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice
| $4,524, in-state;
|Southern Oregon University||4-year, public; midsize suburb|| Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice,
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
| $9,615 in-state;
|Southwestern Oregon Community College||2-year, public; remote town||Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice||$6,077*|
|Umpqua Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural|| Juvenile Corrections Certificate,
Associate of Science in Criminal Justice
| $5,001 in-state;
Source: *NCES College Navigator