Program DescriptionACC offers four Criminal Justice program options:
- Associate in Arts (AA) Degree Concentration in Criminal Justice
- Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Law Enforcement
- Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Corrections
- Certificate in Corrections Officer Academic Program
The associate in arts degree introduces you to the criminal justice field and gives you a solid foundation in English, science, math, and humanities/fine arts for transfer to a four-year institution and then a state or private police academy. With this level of education, you can work as a police officer, a federal agent, or a high-level supervisor in a corrections facility or law enforcement agency.
The two AAS and certificate programs are more vocational in nature. An AAS degree in Law Enforcement is a good start if you’re interested in training to become a police officer at a state or private academy. The AAS degree in Corrections is for the student who wants to become a mid-level supervisor in a federal or state correctional facility.
The Certificate in Corrections Officer Academic Program, which is accredited by the Michigan Correctional Officers Training Council, prepares you for placement as an entry-level corrections officer at a local, state or federal facility.
ACC is one of the first colleges in Michigan to offer the Law Enforcement Training Network, a state-of-the-art satellite police training service. Students also have access to an extensive criminal justice video resource library.
ACC has an articulation agreement with Alpena Public Schools and the Iosco Regional Education Service Agency School to Work Technical Training Center that allows students to earn credits toward a Criminal Justice degree or certificate.
Students can also transfer their two years of coursework at ACC to Lake Superior State University toward a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. In addition, ACC has a partnership with Kirtland Community College and Delta College that allows students to take three semesters of criminal justice courses at ACC, complete the police academy training at KCC or Delta College, and receive an associate in arts degree and basic police training certificate.