Start a New Career with BTI’s Criminal Justice Associate in Specialized Business Degree Program

Security is a top concern in today’s society. With the rise in terrorist attacks and crime, we need people with the skills to keep our communities safe. That’s why residents of Reading, Wyomissing, Philadelphia and Sinking Spring with an Associate in Specialized Business degree in Criminal Justice are more in demand than ever before.

At Berks Technical Institute, our well-rounded curriculum includes fundamental training for Corrections Officers, Court Clerks, Police Clerks and much more. If you’re a recent high school graduate, a veteran of our armed forces, or anywhere in between, our Criminal Justice program is worth exploring.

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What Will I Learn with an Associate in Specialized Business Degree in Criminal Justice?

Our Criminal Justice program will provide you with a combination of classroom and hands-on learning that will prepare you for a variety of career opportunities related to law-enforcement. Here are some of the topics the Criminal Justice program will cover:

  • Crime scene investigation including interviewing witnesses and interrogating suspects
  • Proper collection and handling of forensic evidence
  • Security measures and procedures related to loss and crime prevention
  • Correctional operations, procedures and treatments

At BTI, we’re dedicated to providing hands-on learning opportunities. That is why we have two externship options available to students in our Criminal Justice program. 

Option 1 — Our general externship allows you and an Externship Coordinator to discuss your career plans and find a externship position that is similar to your ideal job title. You will then complete 300 hours of on-the-job training that will allow you to hone the skills learned in class. Our Criminal Justice program has partnered with several local businesses and organizations to offer the best possible externship experiences. 

Option 2 — Qualified students will complete their externship at a police academy. When the externship is completed, those students may qualify to become Police Officers or Deputy Sheriffs.

Externships are a great way to network as well as add valuable work experience to your résumé. For more information on the benefits of our externship program click here.

Criminal Justice Career Options

With an Associate in Specialized Business Degree in Criminal Justice, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to pursue a variety of job opportunities. Here are just some of the career options you’ll have after graduation:

Court Clerk: As a Court Clerk, you’ll be responsible for making sure the courtroom runs smoothly. You’ll prepare the court docket, record minutes, examine legal documents and arrange appointments and correspondences for the judges. 

Correctional Officer: Correctional Officers maintain security and oversee individuals who are awaiting trial or are serving time in prison. In this position, you’ll be responsible for transporting prisoners to and from the courtroom as well as inspect inmates and their cells for weapons, drugs and other harmful materials.

Launch Your New Career in Criminal Justice Today!

You can start on the path to a new career with just one phone call to 866.481.9301. Our Admissions team is waiting to help you get access to the training and education you need to make your dream career a reality. Our team will help you with every step of the enrollment process and will answer any questions you may have. 
For additional information on our Criminal Justice program including financial aid options, career assistance and externship options click here to request information online or call now at 866.481.9301. (Financial Aid is available for those who qualify)

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