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Community Colleg of Baltimore County's School of Justice

FAQs

 

FAQs

  1. If I register for a specific degree of certificate program, can I opt for a different degree/certificate after I enroll, or at a later date?
  2. Is it possible to earn both a degree and a certificate in a related program of study?
  3. How long do I have to complete my degree or certificate once I begin my studies?
  4. The class I need for graduation is full, was canceled, or was not offered. What do I do?
  5. I have previous education, training or experience that I feel may count toward college credit. What do I do?
  6. How do I identify/contact my program advisor?
  7. I feel that I am eligible for financial aid. Who do I contact about this?
  8. Will I need to take a reading and/or math placement test when I apply for admission? What happens if I place below the required prerequisite level on these placement tests?
  9. How do I transfer to a 4 year college after I complete my degree?
  10. What are internships?
  11. Will the college help me find a job?
  12. Can I take all of my classes on one campus?
  13. Do I need to know how to use a computer to take courses?
  14. When preparing for a career in the Criminal Justice System, why is it important to maintain high ethics and moral behavior?
  15. What jobs can I get in the Criminal Justice System with an Associates degree?

Is your question not listed? Contact one of our program advisors.

1. If I register for a specific degree or certificate program, can I opt for a different degree/certificate after I enroll?

Yes. An initial declaration of a major or career/certificate course of study can be revised at any time. Be advised that a significant change in direction from a specialized course of study may mean that some previously earned credits cannot be used toward the new program.

2. Is it possible to earn both a degree and a certificate in related programs of study?

Yes. Many students take several extra courses in order to earn multiple certificates, or an AA/AAS degree and a second, specialized certificate.

3. How long do I have to complete my degree or certificate once I begin my studies?

There is no specific time limit for degree or certificate completion. However, if you have not been enrolled at the college for a period of two years or more, you can be obligated to take a revised curricula and additional courses to complete your area of study.

4. The class I need for graduation is full or was canceled. What can I do?

Contact your program advisor/career coordinator. In most cases a solution can be arrived at to allow completion of your degree/certificate on schedule.

5. I have previous experience/education that I feel equates to a prerequisite for an upper-level course. Do I still need to take the prerequisite?

In most cases, no. Contact your program coordinator to meet for a portfolio review or to take an equivalency exam if one is offered. In addition, have the coordinator review any officially transferred courses from other colleges for equivalency.

6. How do I identify/contact my program advisor?

Please refer to the program advisors page.

7. I feel that I am eligible for financial aide. Who do I contact about this?

Please follow the link below for financial aid information, contacts, and applications. CCBC Financial Aid.

8. Will I need to take a reading and/or math placement test when I apply for admission? What happens if I place below the required prerequisite level on these placement tests?

If you are not transferring equivalent courses from another college you will need to take the placement tests. After completion or testing out of the English/Math requirements you can enroll in the courses that have the corresponding prerequisites.

9. How do I transfer to a 4 year college after I complete my degree?

See the link for Steps to a Successful Transfer.

10. What are internships?

Internships are credit-based learning opportunities for students to explore different careers. Most internships are unpaid, but they will provide students with valuable experience and possible contacts.

11. Will the college help me find a job?

CCBC offers a full service Career Center. Visit the link to explore the possibilities.

12. Can I take all of my classes on one campus?

All required courses for the Criminal Justice A.A.S. are offered at both the Catonsville and Essex Campuses. In addition, many required courses are offered at the Dundalk Campus. In addition, all courses are offered online

All required courses for the Paralegal A.A.S. are offered at the Dundalk Campus. In addition, several courses are offered online.

13. Do I need to know how to use a computer to take courses?

Using a computer is an important skill to acquire. Most places of employment use them on a daily basis. Students who are not familiar with using a computer should consider enrolling in one of CCBC's introductory computer courses.

For students taking online courses, knowing how to use a computer is a must.

14. When preparing for a career in the Criminal Justice System, why is it important to maintain high ethics and moral behavior?

In most areas of employment within the Criminal Justice System, you will have to undergo a pre-employment evaluation. This will include a rigorous investigation of any criminal arrests or traffic citations. Your credit background will be analyzed as well as conduct in your personal life. Assessment will include your use of alcohol or illegal drugs. Questionable findings in any of these areas could preclude employment in the field.

15. What jobs can I get in the Criminal Justice System with an Associates degree?

Unfortunately, the employment potential for students with an Associate’s degree is very narrow. In fact, there are many positions available for high school graduates (police and correctional officers). Other jobs such as parole/probation officers, juvenile counselors, victim advocates, federal agents, etc. require a Bachelor’s degree.