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Criminal Justice Associate Degree, Corrections Option

AAS Associate of Applied Science Degree
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Become a corrections officer by earning CCC’s Criminal Justice Associate Degree – Corrections Option

Clackamas Community College's Criminal Justice Associate Degree – Corrections Option equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in a dynamic and fulfilling career in corrections. 
The corrections program takes a comprehensive approach, drawing on sociology, psychology and biological perspectives of behavior, to equip you with a solid foundation for working with individuals in various correctional settings.  

This program goes beyond theory by incorporating practical experience through cooperative work placements, allowing you to apply your  academic knowledge in real-world correctional settings. 

For detailed description and outcomes for this program, view the course catalog.

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Find your calling by pursuing a rewarding career in corrections

The corrections field is expected to experience steady growth in the coming years, driven by factors such as an aging population and an increasing focus on community-based corrections.

With a Criminal Justice Associate Degree – Corrections Option from Clackamas Community College, you'll be well-positioned to secure rewarding careers in a variety of settings, including: 

  • Jails and prisons
  • Community corrections agencies
  • Probation and parole offices
  • Juvenile detention facilities
  • Residential treatment centers


For more information on career opportunities for this program, view the course catalog.

Find the key to success in corrections with these essential skills 

 After completing the Criminal Justice Associate Degree – Corrections Option, you should be able to: 

  • Understand  the criminal justice system: This will include identifying and defining each stage, analyzing real cases and landmark Supreme Court decisions, and understanding the historical roots, current structure and future challenges of law enforcement and corrections in the U.S.
  • Gain practical skills: You will learn to recognize and manage the unique conditions and personal characteristics encountered when working with offenders in various settings — and develop effective coping strategies.
  • Develop professionalismThrough the program, you should acquire a strong foundation in ethical practices for both educational and professional environments, while fostering an understanding of working effectively within diverse communities.
  • Analyze crime and the systemYou should gain the ability to identify the causes and indicators of crime, understand how these factors influence the criminal justice system's response, and critically analyze contemporary issues in adult and juvenile corrections, proposing potential solutions.
  • Communicate effectivelyThe program teaches the essential skills for clear and impactful communication, both spoken and written, within the specific context of the criminal justice field. 
For more information on expected outcomes of successfully completing this program, view the course catalog.

Investing in your future

Clackamas Community College offers some of the lowest tuition rates in the Portland metro area. To begin building the cost for your program, you can start with the base estimate below. 

This estimate includes the cost of tuition and the general fees applied per class and per academic term. This estimate does not include additional fees required for many courses or the cost of course materials. Contact the program to learn more about additional costs that may apply. 

You can also find more information about the costs of attending CCC on the Tuition and Fees page.

Get help paying for college

Scholarships and grants (free money!) are available for students in this program. For help with financial aid and scholarships, contact the Financial Aid Resource Lab.  


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