Career Pathways for Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice BadgeCriminal Justice is a growing profession in Oregon and isexpected to grow faster than the labor market on average into theforeseeable future. Job openings may call for a high schooldiploma, an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree. COCC'sAssociate of Applied Science in criminal justice program preparesstudents to begin a criminal justice career upon graduation.

COCC offers students four options within the criminal justiceprogram:

Proficiency Areas: The criminaljustice program offers five proficiency areas that include LawEnforcement, Corrections, Juvenile Justice, Parole and Probation,Criminal Investigation.

Certificate of Completion: Thestatewide one-year certificate program with concentration injuvenile corrections is specifically designed for individuals whowant to work directly with juvenile offenders in varioussettings.

Associate of Applied Sciencedegree: This degree is designed for those studentswho wish to pursue a career in law enforcement or corrections.

The Associate of Arts Oregon Transferdegree: This degree meets the State of Oregon Transferdegree requirements allowing students to transfer to an Oregonpublic university and some out-of-state universities.

Students are encouraged to work closely with their advisors todecide which option is most appropriate based on long-term careergoals

Criminal Justice Career Pathways RoadmapA career pathway is a series of connected educationalprograms, with integrated work experience, on-the-job training, andsupport services, that enables students to combine school and workand advance over time to better jobs and higher levels of educationand training. Career pathways target jobs of importance to localeconomies. They are designed to create educational "steppingstones" for advancement of workers and jobs seekers, particularlythose stuck in low-wage jobs, and a supply of qualified workers foremployers. As such, career pathways help to ensure that investmentin education and training pays off in enhanced economicdevelopment. - From Davis Jenkins, University of Illinois atChicago

Regional employment projections from the State Oregon Employment Market Information Systemindicate that Criminal Justice is a growing profession in Oregonand is expected to grow faster than the labor market on averageinto the foreseeable future. Reasonable employment opportunitiesexist largely due to the significant number of job openingsprojected for this occupation. Click to view employment information forthese criminal justice related occupations.

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Click to view the Criminal Justice Program Career Pathways Roadmap.

Click to view certificate and degree information.