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Ontario College Diploma
Two years
Learn intervention, protection and rehabilitation techniques to inspire change in at risk youth and incarcerated adult offenders

Students in Mohawk's Community and Justice Services program will learn to engage in the rehabilitation of youth and at risk community members through constructive relationships with clients, staff, professionals, and the community.

Fast Track- allows students to complete a two-year Diploma program (non co-op) in 16 months. Students will start in January and be in school for four continuous semesters: Winter, Spring/Summer, Fall and Winter. Students will not be off during the summer.

Co-op Option - Not available with Fast Track. Optional after semester one.

Program Highlights

  • Focus on both the community and the institutional sectors of the criminal justice system working toward rehabilitation of those in conflict with the law
  • Intervene with clients to address and manage problems to constructive behaviour change
  • Obtain public protection skills, security of staff and clients in institutional, residential, and community correction and group home settings
  • Train in the legal aspects of crime and behaviour, security measures and techniques, and interviewing and intervention skills for young offenders, adult offenders, and victims
  • Develop fitness and emergency management skills to corrections industry standards in a licensed testing facility on campus
  • Explore issues related to female and native offenders, addictions, group dynamics, and behaviour management
  • Consider victims and the Canadian justice system
  • Develop fitness correctional management skills in a licensed testing facility on campus
  • Explore community programs, restorative justice initiatives and preventative measures
  • Receive specialized training in areas such as correction systems enforcement, use of force and rehabilitation strategies including tactical communication
  • Examine the changing face of corrections, the reduction of recidivism, demographics and the economy, and their affect on the system and its needs for well-trained corrections personnel
  • Write reports, assessments and case management, building client/worker relationships in interactions

Learn skills in accordance with the “Transformation Agenda” meant to strengthen the corrections community in five major areas of change: offender accountability, eliminating drugs in prison, employability/employment, physical infrastructure, and eliminating statutory release.

Minimum requirements for admission to the Community and Justice Services Diploma program September 2015 and January 2016

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
    • Law and /or Community and Justice Services courses recommended
    • Additional selection criteria may apply
  • Ideal for Pre-Justice graduates
  • Participation in the Justice and Wellness Studies Orientation Session
  • Some employment opportunities require that certain physical standards, driving abstracts and health standards; including vision must be met
  • A recent Police Criminal Record Check (PCRC) (Pardons are possible, seek legal counsel) and additional selection criteria may be used to assess applicants in this program
  • Applicants should be advised that employers require a Police Criminal Record Check (PCRC)
  • Applicants are advised that there are specific requirements that must be completed prior to participating in a co-op placement, and that it is their responsibility to ensure the requirements are met

Note: this is a Competitive Program

Apply before the application end date. Read more about Competitive Programs.

Career Opportunities

The Community and Justice Services Diploma program can lead to exciting career opportunities

The Community and Justice Services program focuses on both the community and the institutional sectors of the criminal justice system, as well as working toward rehabilitation of those in conflict with the law.

  • Industries of Employment:
    • Ministry of Children and Youth Services
    • Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
    • Attendance Centres, Victim Support Agencies, and Residential Facilities for Adults and Youth as well as Probation Offices
    • School Boards
    • Correctional Facilities
  • Occupational Categories:
    • Supervisors in Correctional Facilities
    • First Line Respond Officers in prison/jail
    • Work with offenders and other high-risk client groups toward rehabilitation post incarceration
    • Work with local school boards, youth workers, mentors and peer reconciliation aides, and agencies serving victims

Course Overview & Descriptions

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Fennell Campus
Sep 2016
Jan 2017
Co-op option

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