Pierce College offers the certificate in Criminal Justice at the Fort Steilacoom campus. This certificate is designed to provide students with an inclusive view of the criminal justice system. The 44 credits are perfect for individuals who already have post-secondary degrees and need the edge for employment opportunities or advancement in the criminal justice field. It is a great building block for individuals who wish to earn an Associate in Criminal Justice and AA-DTA. The certificate gives a broad overview of the criminal justice system with emphasis on policing, corrections and the courts. The elective credits can be taken in a variety of fields, including victim advocacy, constitutional law, forensics and case management. This certificate assists individuals in determining their criminal justice track. A work-based learning (internship) component is also included to help bridge theory and practice and assist in employment opportunities.
NOTE: Students should be aware that certain criminal behavior may prohibit their employment opportunities in many criminal justice occupations. Students are encouraged to research these situations and consult with a Criminal Justice advisor.