Criminal Justice

Program Description

The criminal justice A.A.S. degree program is designed for students with an  interest in a criminal justice field and law enforcement professions. It prepares students for a career as a law enforcement officer, corrections officer, investigator, court administrator, private security officer or customs agent. Graduates are employed with local, state and federal agencies or with private agencies. Students employed in related fields may use the program as a building block for career advancement or further education. Students gain knowledge of local, state and federal statues, civil liberties, policing, the justice system, ethics, constitutionalism and public safety issues. In addition to the A.A.S. degree CVCC offers Certificates in Criminal Justice. The certificate program is designed to provide students with a specialized skill set to be competitive in the job market or to upgrade your skills for job advancement. The degree can be completed within five (5) semesters and the certificate program can be completed within three (3) semesters. The certificate courses can be applied toward the A.A.S. degree. Courses can be completed either online or in traditional classroom formats.

The certificate program is designed to provide students with a specialized skill set to be competitive in the job market or to upgrade your skills for job advancement in the criminal justice and law enforcement fields. This program can be completed online or in class within three (3) semesters and the certificate courses can be applied toward the A.A.S. Degree in Criminal Justice.

This criminal justice short certificate program is designed for individuals employed in criminal justice and/or law enforcement and individual seeking employment in criminal justice and/or law enforcement professions. The program is an intermediate recognition step for individuals working towards the Criminal Justice associate degree and is a stackable credential. All coursework in this certificate program applies toward the Associate in Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice.

Upon completion of twelve (12) hours of approved Criminal Justice courses at CVCC, students may be awarded credit for Criminal Justice certifications that meet relevant national standards as determined by the Criminal Justice Lead Instructor. A maximum of 17 hours of non-traditional credit may be awarded and applied toward graduation. Official certification of completion of approved State Law Enforcement/Corrections Academy work must be submitted to the Admissions Office. Certifications must be either an academic transcript from the State POST Academy/College, certificate of completion or a letter on official letterhead from the State Law Enforcement Academy/College.

Employment information for Criminal Justice can be located at the Bureau of Labor Statistics