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FDLTCC renews corrections degree program
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is re-introducing the Associate in Science degree program in Corrections and is offering a new, introductory course in a unique, cooperative arrangement with Pine Technical & Community College.
With a course title of “Best Practices in Corrections,” the three-credit class is designed to be an excellent starting point for new students in the Corrections program as well as continuing education for people already working in a Corrections-related position. The course meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. until 8:45 p.m., and the first class session is on January 13. Terry Fawcett, Corrections Program Coordinator at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and who is also a Senior Supervisor for Arrowhead Regional Corrections in Lake and Cook Counties and the Duluth Parole and Duluth Juvenile Departments, is the course co-instructor with Pine County Probation Director Terryl Arola.
A partnership with Pine Technical & Community College is in place to simultaneously broadcast the course based at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College through interactive television with a classroom of students located on campus in Pine City. There are 40 total seats available for the course, 20 at each campus location.
“There have always been lots of jobs and industry need for qualified professionals entering the workforce in corrections careers,” said Fawcett. “We have been working with our program advisory board for about 14 months to update and revise the program requirements and course content to appropriately reflect what employers need and are looking for in prospective applicants. We are confident that the courses will be the best preparation a student can have for a career in corrections.”
The updated course curriculum and degree program requirements were developed with extensive input from corrections professionals representing regional facilities and employers across the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota. The degree program had been on hiatus for the past few years, but with the job market increasing, timing was good to re-introduce the program.
“Departments actively hiring new employees expect applicants to come in with not only a vocabulary and fundamental understanding of best practices, but with the ability to immediately apply the core concepts to their daily work tasks,” said Fawcett. “We plan to equip our students with those skills to help them be the best candidates for the available jobs.”
The Associate of Science degree in Corrections is articulated for transfer to the Corrections program at Minnesota State University-Mankato.
“An extra advantage to our students is that upon successful completion of our two-year Corrections degree program, our graduates would gain upper-division status at MSU-Mankato,” said Fawcett. “Our degree program can be completed in two years. For students who already have a college degree or some college experience, it is possible to complete the program in less time.”
According to Fawcett, the employment outlook for Corrections professionals is excellent and demand is high. The types of career opportunities our graduates can look forward to include working in settings as corrections officers, security counselors, residential staff, youth treatment specialists, detention deputies, jailers, case workers, probation officers, and parole officers.
Graduates of the program will be prepared to apply for occupational opportunities with a variety of agencies working for federal, state, county, municipal and tribal governments, as well as private providers. In addition, the Corrections program works closely with the Chemical Dependency and Law Enforcement programs at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College to allow interested students cross-over educational opportunities for the specific careers they may be seeking.
For more information about the new class or the Corrections degree program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, contact Terry Fawcett, Corrections Program Coordinator, via email to email@example.com.
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College was established in 1987 and is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium. More than 2,700 students enroll in credit-based courses each year at the college.Previous Press Releases:
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