Long history for college’s justice program

Published 10:14 pm Friday, September 3, 2010

In addition to affordable tuition, financial aid options, state-of-the-art technology, and day, evening, and online classes, special features at Paul D. Camp Community College include one-on-one attention and highly qualified and caring faculty.

A good example for the last two is PDCCC’s Ron Osborne, assistant professor of Administration of Justice (ADJ). Heading the college’s ADJ program since 1975, Ron takes pride in the many forms of help that are provided for his students: teaching that accommodates different learning styles, program development, advising and a true desire for each student to succeed.

According to Osborne, “Although most anyone can leave a location and go anywhere, getting ahead requires many attributes with some help from people who care about a student’s future.

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PDCCC’s slogan “Get Ahead” is more than a slogan for the Administration of Justice program; it is what drives the decision-making process for the program.”

The ADJ program at PDCCC was one of the original programs started in 1971 when the college first opened. As one of the oldest programs, it has gone through several changes in its history that are supported by the Administration of Justice Advisory Committee, the College’s Curriculum Committee, the College Administration, the Local College Board and the Virginia Community College System. This process of change assures that the program remains relevant.

Designed for both part-time and full-time students, the Associate in Applied Science Degree program in Administration of Justice includes two specialization options: Corrections Science and Police Science.

Both specializations are developed and maintained in cooperation with state and local correctional and police officials; and curriculum for both options provides a broad foundation that prepares students to enter any of the varied fields of corrections and/or law enforcement — or to advance professionally within them.

Students pursuing an associate degree in Administration of Justice at PDCCC have a wide variety of occupational choices, including local, state and federal correctional officer; state and federal probation and parole officer; city and town police officer; sheriff; sheriff’s deputy; investigator; commercial and industrial security officer; and jobs with federal law enforcement agencies — some of which require additional professional training.

Related career options include customs agent, store detective, evidence technician, highway patrol officer, accident investigator, police dispatcher, criminal investigator and jailer.

For more details on the Administration of Justice Program at PDCCC, call Ron Osborne at 925-6330. For information on other programs and options available at the college, call 569-6700, or visit www.pdc.edu.

Dr. Patsy Joyner is the vice president for Institutional Advancement at PDCCC.