Vol State Offers New Criminal Justice Fast-Track Technical Certificate

Submitted on December 06, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Criminal Justice is a hot job field and people are looking for an edge when applying for that first job. The new Criminal Justice Fast-Track Technical Certificate at Volunteer State Community College can give students what they need to get started in just one semester. For students who want to pursue a criminal justice degree, the technical certificate courses can be applied towards a two-year associate's degree.

"How do I get it done faster?" said Vol State criminal justice instructor Kevin Cook. "That's the kind of buzz you hear from students. This new certificate would be an enhancement tool in an interview situation. The applicant is going to be a much better candidate than someone with just a high school diploma."

The Fast-Track technical certificate program is one semester of intensive class work. It does provide for greater student support and counseling. The students attend classes three days a week, seven hours a day, as one group, and will stay together for the entire semester.

"There will be extra tutoring and support throughout the semester, not just available, but required if students are falling behind," Cook said.

Students who do not agree to the counseling and tutoring support can still take many of the classes as normal credit courses, just not in the Fast-Track format. The Fast-Track program makes it easier for students, by providing one-stop registration for the classes and ease in buying books. It also comes with one price tag: $1697.50 for in-state students, with another $450 estimated for books.

The first group will start the program in January for the spring semester. Registration is open now and new students will need to apply to the College first. For more information call 615-512-2218 or e-mail Kevin.cook@volstate.edu.



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