PJC adds criminal justice degree program this fall
From Staff Reports

July 13, 2006 -- Paris Junior College is taking law enforcement to a new level on its campuses this fall.

A degree program in Criminal Justice has been added to the college curriculum and will be offered at all three PJC campuses, including Sulphur Springs, this fall. The program is available as an Associate of Applied Science Degree or as an Associate of Science Degree.

The new field of study will meet the needs of many people in the PJC service area who have inquired about the program being offered, according to Beverly Mathews, Chair of the Business Division. She said that law enforcement occupations included in the criminal justice program are among the 10 most employable fields in the country.

New PJC criminal justice instructor Lana Biggerstaff Adams said that many people are under the assumption that a criminal justice degree is only for law enforcement people -- policemen.

“That’s not true,” she said. “The degree prepares people for careers as probation and parole officers, correction officials, court officials, health and human service investigators, game wardens, communications officers, police records managers, crime scene processors and investigators, and food stamp fraud investigators, just to name a few.”

The program will also provide a way for current peace officers, jailers, juvenile correction officials and prison staff members to receive college credit for previous training and experience in the field. They can continue their education toward an associate degree, Adams pointed out.

To find out more about entry into the program, contact Adams at 903-886-6309, e-mail her at ladams@parisjc.edu, or call the PJC-Sulphur Springs Center office at 903-885-1232.

Fall classes begin at all three campuses on August 28. Registration will be held in Greenville on Aug. 16, Sulphur Springs on Aug. 17 and Paris Aug. 23 and 24.

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