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					NEW PROGRAM PROPOSAL:                                                                ACTION
AAS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE                                                     Agenda Item J-3d
HAZARD COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE                                         June 17, 2011

Recommendation
That the Board of Regents approve an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Criminal Justice with
options in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Security and Loss Prevention and a
certificate in Computer Forensics for Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) to be
implemented in fall 2011.

Rationale
   The proposed AAS degree is consistent with the missions of KCTCS and Hazard Community and
    Technical College.
   Potential employers (including the State Police and all county and municipal law enforcement
    agencies) in the HCTC area have indicated a need for education and further training in theory,
    principles, and techniques used by law enforcement agencies, correctional institutions, and police
    units. According to the results of the HCTC program needs assessment survey, 90 percent of
    these potential employers indicated a need for this program.
   In addition, there is a large demand for graduates locally. In the Hazard area, there are numerous
    police agencies, the Center for Rural Law Enforcement, and several private security companies.
    Criminal Justice is a popular program with students. The classes offered through our adjunct
    faculty always have good enrollment numbers. Eastern Kentucky University is very interested in
    collaborating with HCTC and has agreed to accept the majority of our Criminal Justice classes.
   The Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook,
    2010-11 Edition, projects employment of loss control consultants/specialist, corrections officers,
    police, and detectives to grow 10-11 percent over the 2008–18 decade, about as fast as the
    average for all occupations. A more security-conscious society and population growth will
    contribute to the increased demand for police services. The Kentucky Workforce Development
    Cabinet predicts the growth rate for police patrol to be 12 percent by the year 2016 and
    correctional officers to be six percent.
   This 60-63 credit hour program prepares the student for entry into the field of police work and
    related occupations. Criminal justice vocations have evolved from jobs with minimal
    requirements to jobs requiring complex knowledge and skills. This curriculum gives the student
    theory, principles, and techniques employed by criminal justice agencies and police units. The
    study of the law as it relates to criminal justice agencies, human behavior, government, and
    communications along with specialized course work comprise the curriculum.
   Hazard Community and Technical College has the resources to implement the program. No
    additional funding is required.

Background
According to the 1997-2002 Kentucky Plan for Equal Opportunities in Postsecondary Education,
Hazard Community and Technical College has automatic eligibility. An executive summary of the
proposal is attached. A copy of the full proposal has been forwarded to each member of the Board’s
Academic Affairs and Curriculum Committee.


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                                   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

                 Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice

                      Hazard Community and Technical College

                A Proposal for Initiation of a New Degree Program

Mission, Influence, Organization

The proposed Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice is consistent with System and
institutional missions. The goals of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System
(KCTCS) and Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) are to provide accessible,
innovative, and comprehensive learning opportunities with an environment of excellence and
commitment to student success in the global community. The purpose of the Criminal Justice
program is to prepare individuals for entry into the field of police work and related occupations on
the federal, state, county, and municipal levels.

Program Description

This 60-63 credit hour program prepares the student for entry into the field of police work and related
occupations. Criminal justice vocations have evolved from jobs with minimal requirements to jobs
requiring complex knowledge and skills. This curriculum gives the student theory, principles, and
techniques employed by criminal justice agencies and police units. The study of the law as it relates
to criminal justice agencies, human behavior, government, and communications along with
specialized course work comprise the curriculum.

With experience, the program graduates may move into administrative or supervisory positions in
corrections, security, and/or law enforcement.

Supportive Data

Potential employers in the HCTC area have indicated a need for education and further training in
theory, principles, and techniques used by law enforcement agencies, correctional institutions, and
police units. According to the results of a HCTC program needs assessment survey, 90 percent of
potential employers (including the Kentucky State Police and all county and municipal law
enforcement agencies) indicated a need for this program.

In the Hazard area, there are numerous police agencies, the Center for Rural Law Enforcement, and
several private security companies. Criminal Justice is a popular program with students. The classes
offered through our adjunct faculty always have good enrollment numbers. Eastern Kentucky
University is very interested in collaborating with HCTC and has agreed to accept the majority of our
Criminal Justice classes.


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The Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-
11 Edition, projects employment of loss control consultants/specialist, corrections officers, police,
and detectives to grow 10-11 percent over the 2008–18 decade, about as fast as the average for all
occupations. A more security-conscious society and population growth will contribute to the
increased demand for police services. The Kentucky Workforce Development Cabinet predicts the
growth rate for police patrol to be 12 percent by the year 2016 and correctional officers to be six
percent.

The average starting salary for law enforcement personnel is approximately $43,500 or higher.

Resources

Hazard Community and Technical College currently offers criminal justice classes. HCTC has
facility space, equipment, and resources to implement the program. No additional funding is required
to implement the program.

Conclusion

This proposed program is consistent with the missions of KCTCS and HCTC. There is an approved
curriculum for the program. Local and state needs support the establishment of this program.
Resources are available to implement the AAS in Criminal Justice. The approval of this program will
assist HCTC in meeting needs locally, regionally, and nationally.




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