Maysville Community and Technical College was recently approved by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents to implement two new degree programs, Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Associate in Applied Science in Clinical Laboratory Technician, starting in the fall 2013 semester, which begins Monday, August 19.
“We are excited to be able to offer these two new areas of study,” said MCTC President Dr. Ed Story. “The college is sensitive to the needs of area employers and students. We feel that these new programs will give students marketable skills that local employers are searching for.”
The Associate of Applied Science Criminal Justice includes tracks in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Corrections, Security and Loss Prevention and certificates in Computer Forensics, Criminal Justice Core, Corrections, Law Enforcement, and Security and Loss Prevention. The program prepares students for entry into the field of police work and related occupations. The curriculum gives the student theory, principles, and techniques employed by criminal justice agencies and police units. The study of the law as it relates to criminal justice agencies, human behavior, government and communications along with specialized course work comprise the curriculum.
Graduates from the AAS in Criminal Justice program may seek job opportunities on the federal, state, county and municipal levels. With experience, graduates could move into administrative or supervisory positions in corrections, security and/or law enforcement. Criminal justice careers in policing, corrections, and private security are expected to increase between 12 and 14 percent, with wages averaging up to $18.36 per hour in 2010, according to the Kentucky Occupational Outlook to 2018.
The AAS in Clinical Laboratory Technician program provides students with the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills to work under the supervision of a registered clinical scientist or pathologist in a clinical laboratory, hospital, or other health agency. Students learn to collect specimens from the patient and perform laboratory tests in all areas of the clinical laboratory to include immunohematology, clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, serology and urinalysis. Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible for the national certification examination as a clinical laboratory technician. According to the Kentucky Occupational Outlook to 2018, employment in this field is expected to grow 11.7 percent between 2008 and 2018 with an average wage of $17.10 per hour in 2010.
MCTC Chief Academic Officer Dr. Juston Pate said, “These programs provide our students high-demand employment options in the local workforce. We are continuously evaluating our current programs and looking into new areas to ensure that our transfer and technical programs are meeting workforce needs and student demands.”
For more information about the Criminal Justice program, contact Darla Hunter, business and information technology division chair, at 606-759-7141 ext. 66201. Those interested in the Clinical Laboratory Technician program can contact Debbie Nolder, health sciences division chair, at 606-759-7141 ext. 66253.