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Albany Tech criminal justice program growing

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

November 19, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -      With more layoffs and unemployment in the news, many college students are looking for stable careers that they can count on. More students at Albany Technical College are enrolling in the criminal justice and law enforcement program.  Students are learning that law enforcement departments have jobs available.

Twana Young and Marketa Thomas are grilled on the law, and lawbreakers.

Young wants to work in Hospital security.

Young said "To get into the security officer field to help more with crime. I noticed the big hospitals need more officers."

Thomas is studying to be a crime scene investigator.

Thomas said "The criminal field, to solve cases, to help them solve cases. To help families feel more secure by doing my job, becoming a CSI."

Both are studying at Albany Technical College in the criminal justice and law enforcement program. Enrollment has increased sharply in the last quarters, as students see jobs are available.

Instructor Kenn Singleton said "There is always job security in law enforcement. People are always going to be committing crimes. You are always going to have people who need to be put on probation."

Since 9-11, Homeland Security and most law enforcement branches have grown, and are recruiting young people.

Instructor Joy Knighton said "They can work as a U.S. Marshal, Secret Service, FBI, GBI."

The majority of this class is women, which law enforcement is looking for, but they want educated and trained people.

 Singleton said "This field has become more professional. The requirements and qualifications, the educational aspects. Those are some of the incentives."

Young and Thomas both said getting a job where they could help people was a big reason they chose law enforcement. And they know those jobs will be waiting when they graduate.

Albany Tech offers both diploma and associate degrees in law enforcement, and has an agreement with Albany State University so students can move there to earn their bachelor degree in criminal justice.