Career Pathways

Career Pathways offer new ways to achieve your education goals. Instead of studying just one program, the Career Pathways model links related academic programs in a sequence. Each program offers direct job preparation AND a path to the next higher academic program.

Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice program provides students with training in protecting lives and property, as well as preserving the peace while upholding the law. Students are trained to investigate accident and crime scenes and carry out long-term investigations leading to the prosecution of criminal offenders, while studying strategies to maintain the confidence of the public by displaying professional conduct.

Pathway Certificate

A Pathway Certificate is an initial set of courses taken from an already approved degree that provides you with a set of specific skills to prepare you for entry-level employment. All credits earned in the pathway certificate can be applied to the diploma.

Investment = Education

Emergency Telecommunications 14 Credits

How fast can I complete a certificate?

  • 6 semesters = 3 credits/semester
  • 3 semesters = 6 credits/semester
  • 1 semesters = 14 credits/semester

Return = Job

Job Title Examples Median Salary*
Switchboard Operator $37,128

Technical Diploma

A diploma is a set of course taken from an already approved degree that provides you with a set of specific skills to prepare you for a job in demand by local employers. All credits earned in the diploma can be applied to the degree.

Investment = Education

Security Operations 30 Credits

How fast can I complete this AFTER finishing the Certificate:

  • 6 semesters = 3 credits/semester
  • 3 semesters = 6 credits/semester
  • 2 semesters = 9 credits/semester

Return = Job

Job Title Example Median Salary*
Security Guard $38,730

Associate Degree

A two-year, post-high school program with specific course requirements.

Investment = Education

Criminal Justice Studies 69 Credits

How fast can I complete this AFTER finishing the diploma?

  • 6 semesters = 6 credits/semester
  • 3 semesters = 12 credits/semester
  • 2 semesters = 17 credits/semester

Return = Job

Job Title Example Median Salary*
Sheriff & Deputy Sheriff $47,944

*Source: EMSI based on annual salary.