The number of careers in the field of Criminal Justice continues to expand. This includes careers in both the public and private sectors. These careers include Law Enforcement, Adult Corrections, Juvenile Correction, Adult and Juvenile Probation and Parole, Private Investigations, and Security. Security careers include private and personal security, commercial security, industrial security, public security, retail, information and Homeland Security. The U.S. Department of Labor projects continued job growth in all of these fields. The Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice provides the education needed for entry level employment in the career field. It may also help the student achieve promotion after gaining employment.
The program offers a varied schedule of courses to meet the students’ needs, including traditional classes at varied times at the different campuses, on-line courses, an investigations lab, a computer lab with interactive learning programs, and intern programs with local agencies.
This program may begin with dual enrollment for high school students via the Pathways programs. Students are instructed by faculty who have vast experience in all aspects of criminal justice and are readily available to help students. Students may tailor their studies to concentrate in the area of their interest. The program also prepares the students in critical thinking and work-place skills employers demand. The program will also provide students with a sense of professionalism and community service necessary for a career in Criminal Justice.