Career and Technical Studies
Program Level Icon
Certificate: Protective Services Technology with a major in Corrections
Two-semester (one-year) program

There is a growing community interest in developing adequate corrections facilities staffed with properly trained personnel.  The certificate program is designed for people who are preparing themselves to enter the field of corrections and to upgrade the professional ability of practitioners in corrections. 

Occupational Objectives: 

Local, State, and Federal Corrections Officers and advancement within the profession. 

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into the Corrections program requires a personal interview with a member of the faculty of the Administration of Justice major and  competency in English and Math Essentials MTE 1-2 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required MTE units or equivalent.

Program Requirements:

For those persons wishing to improve their skills in the corrections field, the corrections curriculum provides the needed concentration of courses.  Students will be advised as to which courses are most applicable to their field of interest and upon successful completion of the two-semester curriculum will be awarded a Certificate in Protective Services Technology with a major in Corrections.

The following list is a suggested sequence in which students may plan their class schedules to ensure graduation in one year.   

First Year
First Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
ADJ 100 Survey of Criminal Justice 3 0 3
ADJ 146 Adult Correctional Institutions 3 0 3
ADJ 228 Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs 3 0 3
ENG 1371

Students may take ENG 111

Communication Processes I 3 0 3
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology 3 0 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 16 0 16
Second Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
ADJ 107 Survey of Criminology 3 0 3
ADJ 145 Corrections and the Community 3 0 3
ADJ 241 Correctional Law I 3 0 3
CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3 0 3
ElectiveEE2 Soc./Behavioral ScienceSS 333 0 333

Courses may be chosen from the Social Science General Electives.

Soc./Behavioral ScienceSS 333 0 333
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 678 0 678


  • WCC - Wytheville
    1000 East Main Street
    Wytheville, VA 24382
    Phone: (276) 223-4700
    TDD Hearing Impaired: (276) 223-4849
    Toll-Free: (800) 468-1195
  • WCC - Crossroads
    1117 East Stuart Drive
    Galax, VA 24333
    Phone: (276) 744-4974
  • WCC - Summit
    203 N. Church Street
    Marion, VA 24354
    Phone: (276) 783-1777 

Facebook IconTwitter IconInstagram Icon