The “One Year and Out” City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) criminal justice program offers Chicago residents the opportunity to earn an associate of applied science degree in criminal justice at no cost and in as little as 12 months.
“We are incredibly grateful to offer this high-value degree in criminal justice to Chicagoans,” said City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Juan Salgado. “We hope this no-cost pathway will encourage many people to pursue their career goals in this growing profession. This degree is sure to open many doors that lead to great job opportunities.”
The criminal justice degree program is offered at Olive-Harvey College and is a 60-credit hour program that places a high emphasis on ethics, diversity, inclusion, critical thinking and the historical significance of all groups of people.
Classes will be a mix of in-person and on-line. All classes will be three credit hours, and each term will be eight weeks. Students can earn 48 credit hours over four, eight-week periods and 12 credit hours in the summer. Student must test into English 101 for admission into the pathway.
Olive-Harvey College will offer additional support with laptops and book vouchers and assistance on police exams and power tests.
“This is a great career pathway, and I am thrilled that Olive-Harvey can offer this with excellence and at no cost to our community,” said Dr. Kimberly Hollingsworth, president of Olive-Harvey College. “Olive-Harvey has much to offer and prepares all of its students to meet the needs of growing industry, but more important, to meet the goals of our students.”
The list of possible jobs people can attain with a criminal justice degree include air marshal, forensic science technician, fraud investigator, state trooper, crime scene investigator, computer forensics specialists, U.S. Postal Service inspector, victims advocate, and police dispatcher.
Registration is open until Aug. 26. First session classes start Aug. 29.