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You may already know this, but people often imagine a crime scene when they hear the word criminal justice. Not everyone in the industry gets to work at a crime scene though. And people in supervisor or investigative positions most likely started at the bottom and had to work their way up.
Many criminal justice jobs require people to have experience in one of the following positions:
- Patrol officer
- Correctional officer
- Probation officer
The field of criminal justice is huge, and you may have to carry a firearm. You may even be in a situation where you’d have to use your firearm against another person. Would you feel comfortable working with offenders? If you work in corrections, probation, parole and within institutions, you may be in contact with offenders on a daily basis.
Most people working in the field of criminal justice find it challenging. No matter where you work or the criminal justice career you choose, your environment may cause you to stay sharp and alert. There are times when you’ll be expected to protect and defend.
Other times you may need to become authoritative. Or, you may have to work long hours. However, if you like working with your mind and helping protect the rights of others, a career in criminal justice may be a good fit for you.
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Survey: 79% of Working Texans Are Happy With Their Jobs
DALLAS-FORT WORTH (June 14, 2010) – According to Dr. Cliff Arnall, a Cardiff University researcher, June 18, marks the happiest day of the year. Arnall determined that the “happiest day” was the result of summer’s longer days and warmer weather, the anticipation of one’s vacation, and happy memories of childhood summers. Everest College recently set out to determine Texans’ actual levels of work happiness as summer approaches. The Everest College Texas Workplace Satisfaction Survey revealed that approximately 79 percent of working Texans are happy with their jobs, despite increased responsibility and hours due to downsizing.
“What these ‘happy’ people have in common is that the vast majority of them (82 percent) have some level of post-secondary education, which leads to increased job opportunities,” said Wendy Cullen, vice president of employer development for Everest College. “Education allows people to be more selective when choosing their employment options which ultimately makes them more happy at work!”
Everest’s survey also revealed that while many Texans (70 percent) are optimistic about keeping their jobs, economic conditions and employers’ limited resources are taking a toll on the workforce. More than half (53 percent) cited either pay or level of stress as the factors making them most unhappy with their job. Despite the challenging job environment, many Texans have sought solutions to cope with their dissatisfaction with pay and stress level. According to the survey, 31 percent have considered returning to school to enhance their careers and 20 percent have considered training for new careers. Additionally, more than half (64 percent) of employed Texans say they’d contemplate a career change if nothing stood in their way.
It is also not surprising that 51 percent of those surveyed indicated better pay would make them happier. “Doing something you love” ranked second.
Get a career, get happy
A key to career happiness is getting a career in a field that is in demand, offers flexibility and has the potential for long-term growth. The career experts at Everest have identified health care as one of the strongest industries with opportunity due to increasing population, the aging of the Baby Boomer generation and the strain being placed on existing health care services. In fact, the Texas Workforce Commission estimates that the Texas health care industry will add 418,700 new jobs from 2006 to 2016.
“Health care is booming right now,” says Cullen. “The need is there; the work is very gratifying; and often times you can make your own schedule. Everest focuses on training for occupational areas with skills shortages and we have accelerated programs so you can get into a new career quickly. Some examples include medical assisting, dental assisting, pharmacy technicians and billing support.”
About the Survey
The statewide survey was conducted by Promark Research Corporation, a public opinion research firm, from April 5 to 10, on behalf of Everest College. A total of 806 employed residents of Texas were surveyed online. Results are considered accurate to +/- 3.44% 19 times out of 20.
About Everest College
Everest Colleges and Institutes provide career-oriented diploma and degree programs in health care, criminal justice, skilled trades, business, paralegal, and information technology. Everest has nine Texas locations in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio and more than 100 schools in the U.S. and Canada. Everest Colleges and Institutes are owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc., one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. For more information, visit http://www.everest.edu.
Editor’s Note: Wendy Cullen, vice president of employer development for Everest Colleges’, is available for interviews to discuss the survey and provide tips on recession-proofing your career. To schedule an interview with Wendy or for more information on the Everest College Texas Workplace Satisfaction Survey, please contact Jef Tingley at The Powell Group at 469-235-6396 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*All references to Texans refer to employed Texans
WASHINGTON — Rialto police officer Crystal Gonzalez received the Career College Association (CCA) 2010 GREAT (Graduate Recognition for Excellence, Achievement and Talent) Award at a ceremony in the Cannon House Caucus Room on Wednesday, March 10.
CCA President Harris Miller presented the award to Gonzalez, a 2007 graduate of Everest College in Ontario, California, for her outstanding academic and personal achievements. Gonzalez’s determination to be a source of positive change in her community where she serves as a police officer and her heroism serving our nation overseas made her an ideal recipient of this year’s GREAT Award.
As a child, Gonzalez knew that she wanted to be a police officer. To pursue this goal, she decided to join the military to serve her country and gain valuable professional skills. Joining the military just before 9/11, she was promptly deployed to Afghanistan and then to Iraq, where she provided supplies to Special Forces troops. While in Iraq, Gonzalez was involved in an accident where the driver of her tanker truck crashed into a ravine filled with water, trapping her and her partner. Through tremendous effort, she managed to kick open the gun turret hatch and swim to the surface, but with her partner still trapped inside the truck, she dived back into the water, pulled him back up to safety, and performed resuscitation on him until he was breathing again on his own. It was this act of heroism that solidified Gonzalez’s resolve to continue to help others by becoming a police officer. After the military, she enrolled at Everest College choosing Criminal Justice as her major. She graduated with a 3.9 GPA. Following her education at Everest College, Gonzalez finally realized her goal and enrolled at the police academy, graduating in the top 10 of her class and becoming an officer with the Rialto Police Department.
“Career colleges graduate some of this country’s most extraordinary students, many of whom balance career and family as they overcome overwhelming challenges,” Miller said. “CCA’s GREAT Award recipients represent the power of educational achievements, and the dedication to reaching goals. We applaud Crystal Gonzalez for her heroism, service and sacrifice. We are proud to present her with this award.”
Since the program’s inception in 2004, the GREAT Awards have honored recent career college graduates who have overcome extraordinary difficulties and circumstances to be where they are today. In past years, CCA has honored military veterans, disaster survivors, and other truly outstanding individuals whose stories are inspiring and memorable.
About the CCA
The Career College Association (CCA) is a voluntary membership organization of accredited, private post-secondary schools, institutes, colleges and universities that provide career-specific educational programs. CCA has more than 1,600 members that educate and support over one million students each year for employment in over 200 occupational fields. CCA member institutions provide the full range of higher education programs: masters and doctoral degree programs, two- and four-year associate and baccalaureate degree programs, and short-term certificate and diploma programs. Visit CCA at www.Career.org or follow us on Twitter: ccanow.
About Everest College
Everest College provides career-oriented diploma and degree programs in healthcare, criminal justice, skilled trades, business, paralegal, and information technology. Everest College has 11 campuses in the Southern California area — Alhambra, Anaheim, City of Industry, Gardena, Los Angeles, Ontario, Ontario Metro, Reseda, San Bernardino, Torrance, and West Los Angeles. Everest has 100 schools in the U.S. and Canada, and is owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc., one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. For more information, visit www.Everest.edu.
Criminal Justice Education Program Supports Community Law Enforcement Efforts
TACOMA, Wash. (December 23, 2009) – With 2,304,115 prisoners incarcerated in federal, state or local prisons and jails as of 2008*, the need for law enforcement professionals continues to increase. Everest College – Tacoma answers the call with its newest program, Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice.
The 24-month criminal justice degree program is designed to teach students the necessary skills for an entry-level position in the law enforcement career field. The program also includes a comprehensive study of the national criminal justice system, correctional organizations and law enforcement agencies.
“Graduates from this new program will ultimately serve and protect our community,” said Tim Allen, president of the Everest Tacoma campus. “Our students will gain invaluable insights into the criminal mind, as well as learn communicative, critical-thinking, research and organizational skills as a foundation for a successful criminal justice career.”
Courses focus on:
- Criminal Evidence
- Criminal Procedure
- Criminal Investigations
- Criminal Justice Communications
- Introduction to Terrorism
- Introduction to Corrections
Everest’s Career Services team is dedicated to assisting students in finding employment upon graduation. Career opportunities for a graduate with an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice include entry-level positions in corrections, probation, immigration, security, social services and administration.
Everest College – Tacoma, located at 2156 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402, provides career-oriented diploma and degree programs in criminal justice, business, pharmacy technician, medical insurance billing and coding, dental assisting and medical assisting. Everest College has five other locations in the state of Washington including Bremerton, Everett, Renton, Seattle and Fife, and has more than 100 schools throughout the U.S. and Canada. Everest, owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc., is one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. For more information, visit the Everest website.
* Statistics for 2008, as reported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Dec. 7, 2009) – Everest Institute announced today that it will help fight hunger this holiday season by hosting a food drive beginning Dec. 17, and partnering with Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes, the leading charitable source of emergency food assistance in Kalamazoo County.
Everest Institute, located at 5177 W. Main Street, will accept non-perishable food items that will be donated to needy families via Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes. Items can be dropped off at the campus Dec. 17-18 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., and Dec. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This event will correspond with Everest’s holiday open house Dec. 19 at 10 a.m., where high school students and their families will be able to participate in the charity by helping staff organize and pack donated items. By participating, students will also receive community service credit.
At the open house, prospective students will also be able to learn more about Everest and its programs, which include medical assisting, dental assisting, massage therapy, pharmacy technician, medical administrative assisting and business accounting. There will be demonstrations from current Everest students, a tour of the campus and an explanation of different programs from instructors.
About Everest Institute
Everest Institute – Kamazoo Campus, located at 5177 W. Main Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009, provides career-oriented diploma and degree programs in healthcare, criminal justice, skilled trades, business, paralegal, and information technology. Everest Institute has four campuses in Michigan – Dearborn, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Southfield. Everest has 100 schools in the U.S. and Canada, and is owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc., one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. Media may contact Ann Shields, Everest Institute, via phone 1-269-381-9616 ext. 117, or by email at email@example.com. For more information, visit http://www.everest.edu.
Our Everest College and Everest Institute campuses are currently enrolling students for our Fall semester 2007.
If you’re interested in working in health care, business, or the legal field, you should definitely contact the Everest campus near you to find out what programs are currently open for enrollment. Some popular programs at Everest include:
- Medical Insurance Billing/Coding
- Pharmacy Technician
- Business Administration
- Criminal Justice
- Medical Assisting
And if you’d like to schedule a tour of the facilities or just get some more information about Everest College programs, simply complete our quick form.
The Everest College Dallas campus is conveniently located on the East Frontage Road of North Central Expressway. The campus offers classes in:
- Criminal Justice
- Medical Assisting
- Medical Insurance Billing and Coding
The campus includes computer and medical assisting laboratories, lecture rooms, libraries, administrative areas, and a student lounge.
Everest College Dallas
6080 North Central Expressway
Dallas, Texas 75048
Everest College Dallas is a Branch of Everest College, Portland Oregon. Everest College also has campuses in Arlington, Texas and Fort Worth, Teas
Many schools offer criminal justice programs, so what’s the best way to determine which program is right for you?
Obviously, you should research any criminal justice school you plan on attending, but here are 4 easy ways to help you sort through your choices:
Accredited Criminal Justice Curriculum
The first step to finding a quality criminal justice school is making sure the campus is accredited. School accreditation is important because it typically means the school:
- Offers quality instruction that meets academic standards
- Employs professional instructors and staff
- Provides proper facilities and training equipment
- Is recognized as a qualified institution of higher learning
Criminal Justice Hands-On Training
Needless to say, but you want a criminal justice school that is going to provide you with hands-on training. It doesn’t matter if you’re working on an Associate’s degree, Bachelor’s degree, or diploma. You should receive hands-on training in criminal justice so that you can practice the skills you’ll possibly need on a daily basis.
Criminal Justice Small Work Groups
Students who work in small work groups typically have better interaction with their instructor and fellow students. Small work groups allow students to help each other on class projects, and group discussion can provide students with a deeper learning experience.
Career Placement Department
Every school offering criminal justice programs should have a career services department. Find out what services they provide, and how they will help you prepare for a job upon graduation. You want to make sure the career placement department is committed to helping you with your job search. You also want to make sure the campus has a high percentage rate of placing graduates in jobs.
Finding a quality criminal justice program takes research, but you’ll be rewarded for your efforts.