Community and Justice Services program leads to careers in corrections
January 09, 2013

Georgian College has launched an exciting new corrections program called Community and Justice Services (CJS). This program was developed to meet and exceed industry standards and learning outcomes set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

The (CJS) program provides students with the knowledge and skills required to work in a variety of settings with offenders and other high-risk client groups to ensure the protection of the public and the successful rehabilitation and reintegration of the offender. By sharing a common first year with the Police Foundations Program and the Protection, Security and Investigations program, students are provided with an overall understanding of criminal justice and law enforcement in Canada. The common first year of the program also allows students the opportunity to transfer between programs after the first year of study.

Georgian is uniquely located in central Ontario, with several federal and provincial correctional institutes in the area. The college utilizes this opportunity by drawing upon surrounding correctional facilities for their knowledge and expertise and specifically from professionals at Central North Correctional Centre, Beaver Creek Institute and Fenbrook Institute.

With the launch of this new program, several attributes were added to the program that will benefit students. The following are highlights of the CJS program:

  • Common first-year curriculum with the Police Foundations and Protection, and Security and Investigation programs to allow transferable pathways for students into three different justice programs at Georgian after successful completion of first year.
  • Continued fitness and healthy living courses throughout the program, building on each other from semester to semester to support a continued healthy lifestyle.
  • Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services approved FITCO testing site.
  • Use of Force Applications course has been added to the program. This will enhance the program’s creditability and address the ongoing presence of safety concerns in the correctional industry. Very few colleges are providing this type and depth of training and education.
  • Georgian has also implemented an extensive field placement program. Students must complete 224 hours within a related field placement. Students are prepared through a Field Placement Preparation course. The experience is enhanced by a Field Placement Seminar with a Community Service Learning component.

Students will graduate from the CJS diploma program with training and knowledge that will enhance student employability after graduation. An articulation agreement with Georgian’s Bachelor of Human Services – Police Studies degree allows CJS graduates to transfer into the degree program with advanced standing.

A CJS Community Advisory Committee is currently under development. It will consist of correctional professionals such as director of the Morton House Youth facility, warden from Fenbrook Correctional Institute, warden from Beaver Creek Correctional Institute, warden from Millhaven Correctional Institute, superintendent and deputy superintendent from Central North Correctional Centre, and manager of recruitment from Corrections Canada. These are just some of the experts who will assist in the development and future direction of the CJS program.

For further information, please contact program co-ordinator Mike Winacott at 705-325-2740, ext. 3234, or Mike.Winacott@georgiancollege.ca.