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CCC Unveils New Criminal Justice Degree Program


Cayuga Community College has unveiled a new degree.

CCC will offer an Associate of Science (AS) in Criminal Justice starting in the Fall semester. This degree is designed to help students transfer to four-year colleges while also allowing them to consider directly entering the workforce.

“This degree illustrates the best path forward for students who are passionate about criminal justice careers at the local, state or federal levels,” said Professor and Program Director Theresa Misiaszek. “It allows them to explore diverse criminal justice pathways while learning the techniques they’ll need regardless of their career choices. By graduating with this new degree, students will have the foundational knowledge on which they can build a great career.”

For nearly 50 years, CCC has offered an Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS), regularly modernizing the program.

With the new program, the college’s two current criminal justice degrees – Criminal Justice: Police and Criminal Justice: Corrections – will be discontinued in the Fall semester. Students currently enrolled in either program will still be able to complete their AAS degrees.

The new program will feature five concentrations: Crime Analysis and Intelligence, Homeland Security, Juvenile Justice, Law Enforcement, and Probation Officer Assistant. CCC adds it’s the only Central New York college to offer the Probation Officer Assistant Concentration. Students are not required to pick a concentration.

Along with the degree changes, work is underway on the Oswego County Regional Police Academy, a partnership between CCC and several area law enforcement agencies. The academy is aimed at allowing students to build connections with law enforcement while earning their degrees.

CCC was awarded $400,000 in ARPA funding by Oswego County to support the project being built at the school’s Fulton Campus, something the college plans to have completed this year.

More information on the program can be found at cayuga-cc.edu.

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