Corrections & Community Advocacy

Corrections & Community Advocacy

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Corrections officers are specially trained and certified to supervise and work with individuals who enter the justice system. As advocates, these professionals help others in the community learn to make real-life changes and assume more positive roles in society.

A Closer Look

Corrections and community advocacy staff work in a variety of ways to secure the safety and security of the inmates and staff in jails, prisons, juvenile detention facilities, halfway houses, and shelter care facilities. Many work to keep order within the facility, stepping in to quell disturbances and prevent escape attempts.

Others may work behind the scenes to assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs. In this role, they work to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or dependent care.

What You'll Learn

The Corrections & Community Advocacy program at Mid-State teaches the operations and management of adult/juvenile correctional institutions, probation/parole, community advocacy agencies, special needs populations, alcohol and other drug abuse, and mental health services. Graduates may work in jails, prisons, juvenile detention facilities, halfway houses, and shelter care facilities as well as in the court system. Experienced faculty emphasize professionalism and integrity needed to work in these settings.

You’ll experience a blend of classroom theory, simulation, and occupational observation, setting you up for success in this field. Our state-of-the-art facilities include a reproduction of a secure detention facility to allow you to develop your skills in a safe yet challenging environment.


  • Correctional Officer
  • Home Detention Specialist
  • Juvenile Detention Officer
  • Psychiatric Care Technician
  • Shelter Care Worker
  • Victim/Witness Coordinator
  • Clerk of Courts Assistant
  • Child Support Case Manager
  • Probation and Parole Agent
  • Social and Human Services Assistants

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Corrections and Community Advocacy program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!


Courtney earned her master’s in criminal justice from American Public University. Her experience includes two years as a police officer followed by eight years with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections as a probation and parole agent. She continues to receive ongoing training and takes courses related to criminal justice to keep her skills fresh.

“My passion for the criminal justice system is contagious. The best thing about teaching in the Corrections and Community Advocacy program is getting students excited about how many career opportunities they can pursue with this degree.”

Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more. If you are unable to access this document, please contact a new student specialist by calling 888.575.6782.

Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility

Expected Program Costs

Cost based on the 2018/2019 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $8,786.01
  • Books: $2,070.97
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $0.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $10,856.98

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid.


Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10504112 Court Procedures 3.00
10504114 Introduction to Law Enforcement 3.00
10504176 Corrections/Correctional Institutions 3.00
10801136 English Composition 1 3.00
10801195 Written Communication 3.00
10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application 3.00
(15 Credits)
Term: 2
10504156 Child Advocacy 3.00
10504158 Basic Mediation 3.00
10504159 Interpersonal Violence/Victimology 3.00
10504175 Understanding Substance Abuse 3.00
10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
10801198 Speech 3.00
(15 Credits)
Term: 3
10504128 Telecommunications 2.00
10504178 Secure Detention 2.00
10504184 Basic Jail Academy 1 3.00
10504185 Basic Jail Academy 2 3.00
10804107 College Mathematics 3.00
10804118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications 4.00
10804189 Introductory Statistics 3.00
10809198 Intro to Psychology 3.00
10809188 Developmental Psychology 3.00
(16-17 Credits)
Term: 4
10504116 Probation & Parole 3.00
10504132 Advanced Relational Skills 3.00
10504144 Wellness in Protective Services 3.00
10504179 Management of Adult Population 3.00
10809172 Introduction to Diversity Studies 3.00
10809196 Intro to Sociology 3.00
(15 Credits)
Total Credits: 61-62