News Release
JAN. 13, 2010


Associate Degree, Four Certificates

Classes Start Jan. 21

BRIDGEPORT – Interested in a career in criminal justice?

           Think Housatonic.

Housatonic Community College offers an associate degree and four certificate programs in this field. Moreover, students can begin taking courses toward these later this month, when the Spring semester begins.

HCC’s associate degree program in criminal justice is an occupational career program designed to provide students with the professional knowledge, skills, and techniques required in the field. It prepares students for careers in both the public and private sector, in areas such as law enforcement, administration, corrections, investigation, and security and loss prevention.

As part of the program, students complete a practicum that provides them with supervised placement in a law enforcement agency. This allows them to explore career choices while gaining job experience in the field.

Course offerings are transferable to four-year colleges and universities having programs in criminal justice, public administration, and social sciences. In addition, the college has automatic transfer agreements with four-year colleges such as Sacred Heart University and the University of New Haven that offers automatic acceptance to criminal justice students who meet specified criteria.

In addition to the degree program, Housatonic offers certificates in:

  • Corrections. This program provides new students with the educational background needed for entry into the field. Also, it can help prepare those in the field for advancement opportunities. Program credits can be applied to the criminal justice associate degree.
  • Criminal Investigation.  This program provides students interested in a career in investigation with the background they need to enter the field. In addition, it can help prepare those in the field for advancement opportunities. Program credits can be applied to the criminal justice associate degree.
  • Police Management and Administration. This program offers specialty, in-depth training to students interested in pursuing a career in police management and/or administration. This program can also be used by individuals already employed in law enforcement to prepare for advancement opportunities.
  • Security Operations. This program prepares students for entry level positions in the field of private security while offering those already employed in the field educational opportunities that can be used for advancement purposes.

HCC has a criminal justice club that sponsors annual job fairs and brings in guest speakers from various criminal justice agencies. Recent guests include nationally famous forensic scientist Dr, Henry Lee.

Registration for the Spring semester is going on now. Students can register online through Jan. 27 or by mail, fax or dropping off registration materials in the Lafayette Hall lobby drop box through Jan. 14.

Students can register in person at the Registrar’s office daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through Thursday, Jan. 20 (Jan 13, 10:00 am - 6:30 p.m.)  Late registration sessions will be conducted Tuesday, Jan. 18 and Wednesday, Jan. 19, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Lafayette Hall Atrium. A special registration session for senior citizens and high school partnership students will be held in the Atrium Thursday, Jan. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon.

For more information, contact Admissions at 203-332-5200.

Housatonic Community College provides an affordable and accessible education through two-year degrees, transfer preparation, and certificate programs, as well as a wide variety of continuing education and personal/professional enrichment seminars and workshops.  In addition, HCC offers employee and occupational training for businesses, municipalities, government agencies, and professional associations to help develop the educated and skilled workforce required to meet regional business and industry needs.  HCC is nationally recognized as an “Achieving the Dream” institution.

HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Arena at Harbor Yard. Free parking is available in the Housatonic garage.