Career Pathways for Criminal Justice
CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Criminal Justice is a growing profession in Oregon and is
expected to grow faster than the labor market on average into the
foreseeable future. Job openings may call for a high school
diploma, an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree. COCC's
Associate of Applied Science in criminal justice program prepares
students to begin a criminal justice career upon graduation.
COCC offers students four options within the criminal justice
Proficiency Areas: The criminal
justice program offers five proficiency areas that include Law
Enforcement, Corrections, Juvenile Justice, Parole and Probation,
Certificate of Completion: The
statewide one-year certificate program with concentration in
juvenile corrections is specifically designed for individuals who
want to work directly with juvenile offenders in various
Associate of Applied Science
degree: This degree is designed for those students
who wish to pursue a career in law enforcement or corrections.
The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer
degree: This degree meets the State of Oregon Transfer
degree requirements allowing students to transfer to an Oregon
public university and some out-of-state universities.
Students are encouraged to work closely with their advisors to
decide which option is most appropriate based on long-term career
WHAT IS A CAREER PATHWAY?
A career pathway is a series of connected educational
programs, with integrated work experience, on-the-job training, and
support services, that enables students to combine school and work
and advance over time to better jobs and higher levels of education
and training. Career pathways target jobs of importance to local
economies. They are designed to create educational "stepping
stones" for advancement of workers and jobs seekers, particularly
those stuck in low-wage jobs, and a supply of qualified workers for
employers. As such, career pathways help to ensure that investment
in education and training pays off in enhanced economic
development. - From Davis Jenkins, University of Illinois at
Regional Employment Projections from OLMIS (Oregon Labor Market Information System)
indicate that Criminal Justice is a growing profession in Oregon
and is expected to grow faster than the labor market on average
into the foreseeable future. Reasonable employment opportunities
exist largely due to the significant number of job openings
projected for this occupation. Click to view OLMIS information for
these criminal justice related occupations.
Also see: CriminalJusticeSchoolInfo.com for information about Criminal Justice related careers.
Click to view the Criminal Justice Program Career Pathways Roadmap.
Click to view certificate and degree information.