PURPOSE: This one-year program prepares students for jobs in criminal justice and law enforcement. Jobs include correction officers, security officers, and investigators. Students who are Certified Virginia Law Enforcement Officers may receive up to 12 credits toward this program. All career-technical degrees are guided by advisory committees comprised of local business leaders.
CREDENTIALS: A Career Studies Certificate (CSC) is a program of study typically less than one year in length with a major in a career-technical area. Students receiving a CSC intend to pursue immediate employment. Certified Law Enforcement Officers should visit Admissions and Records to learn about receiving some program credits in advance.
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND SPECIAL CONDITIONS: Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Persons entering the public or private sectors of criminal justice employment will be subjected to intensive physical agility tests, background investigations, psychological testing, personal interviews, physical examinations and polygraph examinations. New students should visit the Advising Center and returning students their faculty advisor.
PROGRAM OUTCOMES: By the completion of this program, students will be expected to demonstrate an introductory level of competency in the following skills:
- Model appropriate and ethical behavior during criminal justice simulations.
- Identify and describe each component of the criminal justice system (police, courts, corrections), giving at least 2 examples of each part of the system.
- Explain the purpose of the juvenile justice system, including its history, rights of juveniles, and dispositional alternatives.