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AAS - Associate in Applied Science program (WT Course ID #: C5518C)

Crime scene technician certificate programs are targeted education options that focus on the skills needed to get an entry-level job with a local, county, or state law enforcement program.   This certificate will include coursework on how to properly process a crime scene, including establishing chains of custody for evidence, identifying potential materials for analysis, and taking crime scene photos, identifying footwear and tire imprint and recognition of trace evidence.   Crime scene technicians must have a keen eye for detail and patience as the job has a high degree of unpredictability.

Students on track to receive a crime scene technician certificate are focused on using a particular methodology from various sources to compile accurate information and patterns to support law enforcement decisions.


AAS - Associate in Applied Science program (WT Course ID #: A55180)

The Criminal Justice Technology curriculum is designed to provide knowledge of criminal justice systems and operations. Study will focus on local, state, and federal law enforcement, judicial processes, corrections, and security services. The criminal justice system's role within society will be explored.

Emphasis is on criminal justice systems, criminology, juvenile justice, criminal and constitutional law, investigative principles, ethics, and community relations. Additional study may include issues and concepts of government, counseling, communications, computers, and technology.

Employment opportunities exist in a variety of local, state, and federal law enforcement, corrections, and security fields. Examples include police officer, deputy sheriff, county detention officer, state trooper, intensive probation/parole surveillance officer, correctional officer, and loss prevention specialist.


AAS - Associate in Applied Science program (WT Course ID #: A5518C)

Latent Evidence is a concentration under the curriculum of Criminal Justice Technology. This curriculum is designed to provide knowledge of latent evidence systems and operations. Study will focus on local, state, and federal law enforcement, evidence processing and procedures.

Students will learn both theory and hands-on analysis of latent evidence. They will learn fingerprint classification, identification, and chemical development. Students will record, cast, and recognize footwear and tire-tracks; and process crime scenes. Issues and concepts of communications and the use of computers and computer-assisted design programs in crime scene technology will be discussed.

Graduates should qualify for employment in a variety of criminal justice organizations especially in local, state, and federal law enforcement, and correctional agencies.


Certificates program (WT Course ID #: C55180B)

Individuals seeking a career in law enforcement should realize that additional credentials may be required to enter into the field of criminal justice. Understanding the role of policing in America, which is the gateway to the criminal justice process is essential. The foundations of police processes, occupational roles and tasks of law enforcement, and the nature and designs of typical, as well as innovative police systems are the foundation of the certificate. A broad introduction to the criminal laws, including the structure and function of the courts; the legal profession, legal education, and the politics of judicial selection are reviewed and applied in the course material. This certificate is taught by knowledgeable faculty members with years of real-world, hands-on experience.


Certificates program (WT Course ID #: C55180A )

The Principles of Corrections certificate is designed to provide entry level competencies in the field of contemporary corrections as they apply to criminal justice systems and operations. Study will focus on the history, structure, functions, and philosophy of the criminal justice system with regard to corrections; juvenile justice systems and related issues; corrections alternatives, treatment programs, inmate control; statutory/case law as it applies to correctional concepts, facilities, and related practices; and the study of offenders, diversion, house arrest, restitution, community service, probation and parole. Upon completion of this certificate, employment opportunities exist in a variety of local, state, and federal corrections facilities.