CRESTON—During the past few months, Southwestern Community College has worked hard to expand transfer options related to criminal justice coursework with five four-year colleges in Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska. The college has been working closely with Buena Vista University in Storm Lake; Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, MO; Peru State University in Peru, NE; Simpson College in Indianola; and the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO.
The fall 2011 semester brought additional course options to Southwestern Community College students interested in fields such as law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice, security, private investigation, etc. The college now has an associate of arts transfer plan for criminal justice majors. At SWCC, criminal justice courses will be offered on the Creston campus, as well as the Osceola Center.
With these transfer plans in place the criminal justice classes will transfer as classes in the student’s chosen major as opposed to transferring as electives.
College officials feel having criminal justice coursework during the first two years of college will be an advantage for students. According to Sue Stearns, SWCC criminal justice program advocate, “It just makes sense to study and be exposed to criminal justice education at a community college level, so that more individualized attention is received.”