Corrections Officer Academy

Corrections Officer Academy

Winter Academy begins February 18, 2019 and ends March 15, 2019 - Registrations will be accepted Monday, February 1, 2019 from 8:30am-3:30pm at the Groves Campus.

Job opportunities for correctional officers are expected to grow through the year 2017. More prisons and jails are being built to house the rising numbers of criminals. Employment opportunities for corrections officers will continue to increase to fill new jobs as well as to replace officers who retire or leave their jobs for other reasons. Corrections officers are rarely laid off because security must be maintained in correctional institutions at all times.

Area departments prefer hiring candidates who have completed the certification process. Completion of the Corrections Academy can earn participants 10 college credits, applicable towards the Criminal Justice Degree.

The Kalamazoo Valley Community College Corrections Academy is 'doable', concentrating the training into a 4-week session at a reasonable cost. Participants may be eligible and qualify for the 'Kalamazoo Promise' scholarship, or the Michigan No Worker Left Behind programs.

TEST DATE: LCOPAT - January 11, 2019 at 9am - 6767 West O Ave, Kalamazoo MI 49009

  • Print off the physician's health screening form from the MSCRC website and get a DR or PA to sign and put medical license number on form.
  • Must contact 269-353-1260 to be added to the list for the test at least 24 hours prior to test date.

About the Program

Kalamazoo Valley Community College's Corrections Academy is a Michigan Sherriffs Coordinating and Training Council (MSCTC) approved, 160-hour certification program for correctional personnel supervising inmates in county jails. This 4-week program will focus on obtaining the skills necessary to maintain the safety and security of a correctional facility. Due to the limited space for each academy, candidate evaluations will be conducted to determine admittance to the program. The current cost of the academy is $1200 and 10 credits will be awarded by Kalamazoo Valley Community College upon successful completion of the academy.

To be eligible for academy consideration, participants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Possess a high school diploma, or equivalent
  • Apply to become a KVCC student
  • Successfully meet minimum scores on KVCC placement tests. Minimum Accuplacer placement scores include a 40 in Reading and a 76 in Writing or Compass test scores include a 61 in reading and a 50 in writing. No minimum math scores are required.
  • No prior felony convictions (includes expunged convictions)
The academy curriculum consists of the following training modules:
Booking and Intake
Correctional Law
Cultural Diversity
Custody and Security
Defensive Tactics
Ethics In Corrections
Fire Safety
Interpersonal Communications
Prisoner Behavior
Report Writing
Workplace Harassment
Stress Management
Suicide Awareness
First Aid / CPR / AED
Contact our office at 269.353.1260 for more information.

Contact Us

Kalamazoo Valley Community College is located near Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Corrections Officer Training Academy is conducted at the Groves Center Campus.

Staff is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST) to answer questions about the program.

Program Contacts
Kenyatta Herrion, Senior Office Specialist


Mailing Address
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
The Groves Center
ATTN: Corrections Academy
PO Box 4070
Kalamazoo MI 49003