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Certificate of Achievement
Corrections

The Administration of Justice Certificate of Achievement in Corrections is designed to prepare students to meet the needs of entry-level positions in the field of corrections. The curriculum prepares students with a foundation in administration of justice/law enforcement, and provides them with the knowledge to enter varied career areas. The skills developed during class will enhance the student’s knowledge in the area of corrections.

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Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2021-2022 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. Each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements; please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format).
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
CORR 101 - Introduction to CorrectionsM3.0
CORR 101 - Introduction to Corrections (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides students with an overview of the history and trends of adult and juvenile corrections. It focuses on probation, parole, legal issues, specific laws and the general operation of correctional institutions. The relationship between corrections and other components of the justice system is also examined. This course has been identified by the Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training (CPOST) Board of the Peace Officers Association as fulfilling the educational requirements of the CPOST Certificate for newly-hired officers after July 1, 1995 by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation(CDCR) and California Youth Authority (CYA).

CORR 104 - Control and Supervision in CorrectionsM3.0
CORR 104 - Control and Supervision in Corrections (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; CORR 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides students with an overview of supervision of inmates in local, state, and federal correctional institutions. The issues of control in a continuum form of institutional daily living through crisis situations are introduced and discussed. The course emphasizes the role played by the offender and the correctional worker. Topics include inmate subculture, violence and the effects of crowding on inmates and staff, and coping techniques for correctional officers in a hostile prison environment. The causes and effects of abusive tactics are also discussed. This course has been identified by the Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training (CPOST) Board of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), California Youth Authority (CYA), and California Correctional Peace Officers Association as fulfilling the educational requirements of the CPOST Certificate for newly-hired officers after July 1, 1995 by CDCR and CYA.

CORR 106 - Legal Aspects of CorrectionsM3.0
CORR 106 - Legal Aspects of Corrections (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; CORR 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides students with an awareness of the historical framework, concepts, and precedents that guide correctional practice. Course material broadens students’ perspectives of the corrections environment, civil rights of prisoners, and responsibilities and liabilities of corrections officials. The course has been identified by the Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training (CPOST) Board of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), California Youth Authority (CYA), and California Correctional Peace Officers Association as fulfilling the educational requirements of the CPOST Certificate for newly hired officers after July 1, 1995 by CDC and CYA.

CORR 134 - Introduction to Interviewing and Counseling Skills for Correctional OfficersM3.0
CORR 134 - Introduction to Interviewing and Counseling Skills for Correctional Officers (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; CORR 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides students with an introduction to and overview of the interviewing techniques and counseling skills employed by correctional officers. An overview of the interviewing and counseling techniques used by entry-level practitioners in a correctional setting is provided. Emphasis is placed on the development of positive relationships between the inmate client and support personnel.

Total Semester Units:12.0 
Total Units for Corrections COA program 12.0 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
Legend:
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
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Whittier, CA 90601

Phone: (562) 692-0921
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