University programs address growing local demand for criminal justice professionals

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MEXICO – According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for criminal justice professionals are expected to increase by at least 20 percent through 2018. The University of Maine System campuses offer programs online and at University College at Rumford/Mexico to help meet Maine’s need for private detectives, investigators, probation officers and correctional treatment specialists.

The University of Maine at Fort Kent offers online both an associate’s degree and a certificate program in criminal justice. The degree also can serve as an in-service program for law enforcement officers. From the University of Maine at Augusta, students can earn an associate’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in justice studies, both available online. Graduates of justice studies programs may find employment in law enforcement, homeland security, social work, pre-law and private sector security.

University College at Rumford/Mexico is a unique community resource where students are supported to network, collaborate and learn together. In addition to courses and programs in criminal justice and justice studies, University College offers local access to dozens of other programs from the university campuses. University College also provides the support services that help students reach their goals.

“The students at University College centers contribute to the vitality and diversity of our academic community,” said Mary Louis Davitt, professor of Legal Technology at UMA. “Their participation broadens our online academic discussion and increases our appreciation of the motivation and talents of Maine students.”

Registration for the summer and fall semesters is open and ongoing. For more information about justice studies and other programs available at University College at Rumford/Mexico, please contact Roz Hodge or Jean Kay at 364-7882 or 800-696-1103.

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