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Prepare for a career in in adult correctional facilities with a Chemeketa Corrections Associate of Applied Science degree.

Potential Salary$50,000

topics Social Service

Skills & InterestHelping People

CareersService Professions

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Why choose Corrections?

If you are seeking an entry-level job in adult or juvenile correctional facilities, the Chemeketa corrections program is the course of study you are looking for.

What will you learn?

Students in the corrections associate of applied science program will take part in traditional classroom work and venture outside the school to take part in practical learning environments. Upon completion, you will be ready for work as a municipal, county, state or federal corrections officer. You will have the opportunity to choose a concentration in either adult or juvenile corrections.

See Course Sequences for more information.

What will you do?

You will learn how to treat individuals within correctional facilities, how different facilities cater to different needs, best practices for the executing things like restraints and cell searches, and how to employ ethical practices in all facets of the job.

Corrections officers take on a wide variety of roles once they are in the field. Some of the career options include –

  • Parole and probation
  • Casework and counseling
  • Residential treatment services
  • Risk and release assessment
  • Visitation monitoring
  • Security clearance assignments within correctional agencies, facilities, halfway houses, residential treatment facilities and mentor programs

Degrees & Certificates

In addition to the Corrections Associate of Applied Science degree, Chemeketa offers certificates of completion in –

  • Basic Corrections
  • Juvenile Corrections

Certificates of completion are educational stepping stones that allow you to work in your field while completing your degree.


    Upon entry into this program, you will be required to pass a criminal background check and pass a ten-panel drug screening urinalysis conducted by a college-approved vendor. If you do not pass the criminal background check and/or the drug screening, program registration will not be possible. If you are arrested during the time you are enrolled in the program, you must notify the Corrections Program Supervisor of the arrest. Your status in the program will be reviewed by the Corrections Program Supervisor and the Dean of Emergency Services. A possible outcome of the review may be that you are unable to continue in the program. 

    Disqualifying Crimes

    For more information call the Corrections Program Supervisor, Megan Gonzalez, at 503.584.7350.