Program Overview

A career in criminal justice allows individuals to make a difference in the safety of their communities on a daily basis. Wayne Community College's Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice Technology is designed to provide students with a foundation of knowledge regarding criminal justice systems and their operations.  The curriculum focuses on local, state, and federal law enforcement, with special emphasis placed on criminology, corrections, juvenile justice, investigative principles, ethics, and community relations. Relevant topics such as government, counseling, communications, computers, and technology are also touched upon in the program.

Graduates may find employment opportunities in a wide range of state, local, and federal law enforcement, security, and correction fields.  Examples of positions earned by previous graduates include police officer, deputy sheriff, county detention officer, state trooper, probation/parole surveillance officer, correctional officer, and loss prevention specialist. This program is offered entirely online through the C.O.P.S. program (Criminal Justice Technology Online for Police/Correctional Services.) Class styles include a mixture of lectures, discussions, role-playing, and simulation activities.  Class sizes are held to just 20 to 30 students, allowing for a great deal of one-on-one interaction with Wayne's esteemed faculty.  The Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice Technology is an ideal entry-point for anyone interested in a career in the field of criminal justice.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    School Overview

    Established in 1957, Wayne Community College is a public, two-year institution, located in the city of Goldsboro, North Carolina. WCC operates within the framework of the North Carolina Community College System, and awards associate’s degrees, certificates, and diplomas, along with offering career training programs and lifelong learning opportunities. Wayne Community College states a vision “to be the preferred choice for quality education and training in the communities it serves.”

    Distance education programs at Wayne Community College include degree, diploma, and certificate options, which can be completed fully online. In addition, the Distance Education Department at WCC also houses hybrid courses, which allow for a combination of eLearning and on-campus degree programs. Web enhanced courses offer Internet supplemental content for traditional on-campus courses.


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