New Criminal Justice Fast Track Degrees at Vol State

Submitted on December 05, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Vol State Criminal Justice Students Investigate Crime Scene

The Criminal Justice program at Volunteer State Community College is expanding its offerings, with a new associate degree Fast Track program starting this spring semester. The associate of science (A.S.) and associate of applied science (A.A.S) degrees offer two different paths for students.

"The primary difference between the two is that the A.S. degree is designed for transfer to a four-year college," said instructor James Brown. "The A.A.S degree is for someone who wants to go straight into the workplace."

Vol State already has a popular certificate Fast Track program in Criminal Justice. That certificate can now also be earned on the way to the full degree. The Fast Track programs are unique.

"Fast Track gives students an exact roadmap of what classes they need to take. Students take those classes as part of a group, which helps them make friends and build relationships. That helps them academically," said Brown. "Fast Track also is quicker to completion, compared to what the program usually takes in length for most students in our traditional Criminal Justice program."

The program is individually tailored to match the students' academic needs. That means there may be other courses needed to complete the degree. Students are advised to see a Criminal Justice advisor as soon as possible to map out a plan. Contact James Brown at or by phone at 615-230-3787. Spring classes start the week of January 17. New students will need to apply to the college. That can be done by visiting


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