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Criminal Justice

Have you always dreamed of working in the criminal justice system? If so, a diploma from the Criminal Justice Technology program is the place to begin your path for employment in the areas of police, courts, and corrections.

The Criminal Justice Technology curriculum is designed to provide knowledge of criminal justice systems and operations. Study will focus on local, state, and federal law enforcement, judicial processes, corrections, and security services. The criminal justice system’s role within society will be explored.

Emphasis is on criminal justice systems, criminology, juvenile justice, criminal and constitutional law, investigative principles, ethics, and community relations. Additional study may include issues and concepts of government, counseling, communications, computers, and technology.

Employment opportunities exist in a variety of local, state, and federal law enforcement, corrections, and security fields. Examples include police officer, deputy sheriff, county detention officer, state trooper, intensive probation/parole surveillance officer, correctional officer, and loss prevention specialist.

Program Features

  • Courses taught by dedicated faculty who are criminal justice professionals with many years of practitioner and/or higher education teaching experience.
  • The program is offered in an online format, hybrid and/or in-class formats that provides flexibility for full-time working professionals who may need access to distance learning education options.
  • By completing this program, students will gain the fundamental competencies that are vital to employability, interpersonal, and professional success in the criminal justice system.
  • Course include real-world criminal justice applications and scenarios for students to experience.
  • Possible work-based learning opportunities for students
    • Students will earn 9 credits with the completion of the Basic Law Enforcement Training academy.
  • Successful completion of this criminal justice technology program will transfer most credits to selected four-year colleges and universities such as UNC Pembroke, NC Wesleyan College, University of Mount Olive, UNCW and NC State (Leadership degree) and others.
  • The Criminal Justice Fellows Program from the North Carolina Department of Justice can offer eligible recent high school graduates a 100% forgivable loan to go to any North Carolina Community College to acquire an associate degree. The loan will be forgiven upon four years of working in an eligible profession and county.
  • The N.C. Criminal Justice Fellows Program will provide forgivable education loans for high school seniors and graduates who agree to enter a criminal justice profession in North Carolina.

Curriculum Information

Criminal Justice Technology, A.A.S. (A55180)
Criminal Justice Technology Certificate (C55180)
Criminal Justice Technology, Industrial Security Certificate (C55180S)
Criminal Justice Technology, Leadership Certificate (C55180L)
Criminal Justice Technology CTE Pathway (C55180CP) for High School Students
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