Why choose JCC’s A.A.S. Criminal Justice program?
With the Criminal Justice associate in applied science degree at SUNY Jamestown Community College, you will be ready to enter the workforce with an associate’s degree. You can pursue careers immediately after graduation in law enforcement, corrections, and security.
You will apply your criminal justice knowledge and critical thinking skills to real-life scenarios, such as evidence collection and data processing in criminal case preparation for law enforcement agencies. You’ll study how criminal justice is impacted by ethical issues like race, ethnicity, social class, and gender.
Our Criminal Justice faculty use their real-life work experience in criminal justice careers to support you in and out of the classroom. They provide personal advisement in career options, networking, and community service, so you graduate ready to excel in your career choice.
What does an A.A.S. Criminal Justice graduate do?
As a graduate of the A.A.S. Criminal Justice program, you’ll be ready to immediately join the workforce with your associate’s degree. You can take the civil service test for corrections officers, apply for a private security position, or apply to the law enforcement academy.
The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Academy is located at JCC. At the academy, you can earn up to 45 college credits and a certificate of completion from the New York State Certified Basic Police Training Course, which is a legal requirement for municipal police officers in New York.
JCC graduates have worked with local community agencies including Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties’ sheriff's departments, city police departments of Jamestown, Dunkirk, and Olean, and Seneca Nation Marshals. Our alumni have also worked for Disney security, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Where can you work?
Join the Criminal Justice Club, which meets regularly each semester. Members of the club have the opportunity to network with guest speakers from different criminal justice professions. The club also hosts field trips, fundraising opportunities, and community service activities.
Apply for competitive internship opportunities available at local and national agencies. These internships are based on your career choice, and enhance your understanding of the field. They also help you build valuable relationships with criminal justice professionals.