Criminal Justice

Cascade PSEB 121/122 | Program Director: Jim Parks | 971-722-5236 | criminaljustice@pcc.edu

student taping off a practice crime scene

Can you help rehabilitate a youth who already has a criminal record? How does a forensic pathologist know how to treat a crime scene? What is the Miranda decision and how does it affect the rights of those who are arrested or held in custody? These are only a few questions you can expect answered by our Criminal Justice program, one that provides a balance between a comprehensive introduction to criminal law and corrections and the fundamental skills you need to get started in the field.

PCC’s Criminal Justice program offers a variety of courses, providing an overview of the criminal justice system while also focusing on elements of criminal investigations, forensics and police report writing. Law enforcement agencies, both state and federal, routinely seek our graduates because of the rigorous, comprehensive, and quality education we provide. We’re sure you’ll agree. When it comes to addressing crime, we excel in training you to understand the policy, procedures, and applications of the law.

Degrees and Certificates

In this program you can earn the following:

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree
  • Certificate, Corrections Technician

See the Catalog for information regarding program requirements.

Experience, Skills, Accreditation

Our criminal justice faculty at PCC have extensive education and experience in local and state police, corrections agencies, the FBI, and more. Only instructors who have proven experience, knowledge of proper procedures, and an understanding of criminal law teach our courses, which means that you receive up-to-date, relevant skills. City, County and State agencies have given our program the highest marks. Many of our graduates go on to pursue higher degrees.

Our program has a Continuing Education and Training component that is intended for criminal justice professionals already working in the field. The program’s purpose is to help you complete a degree, prepare for a promotion, or gain additional expertise in particular criminal justice courses. You can acquire the skills you need to advance your career. In addition, our program features specialized criminal justice seminars on current and high profile topics.

We also have a state-of-the-art facility, which includes a crime scene scenario room where classes are taught.

What's Next?

  1. Meet with Program Director or an Advisor. (Formal admission into the program is not required.)
  2. Apply for admission to PCC.
  3. Complete COMPASS (math and English skills assessment) exam.

Course of Study

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