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Program Overview

MCC Campus(s):
MCC-Blue River Police Academy
MCC-Penn Valley

Longview: Rick Turner, 816.604.2290
Penn Valley: Karen Curls, 816.604.5253


Criminal justice careers include correctional officers and jailers who guard inmates in penal, rehabilitative or juvenile detention and may guard prisoners in transit. Probation officers help rehabilitate law offenders in custody or on probation or parole and make recommendations for treatment of offenders. Police officers enforce laws and ordinances, regulate traffic, control crowds, arrest violators and work to prevent crime.

Students have the opportunity to participate in traditional classes to transfer to a four year school or a more specialized degree geared toward careers in police, courts and corrections.  Those students interested in contemporary topics in criminal justice can enroll in the Saturday Series.  

MCC Criminal Justice students meeting with US Border Patrol officials
Criminal Justice Students Meeting Border Patrol

There are three ways you can enter this field:

Associate in Applied Science degree

Associate in Arts: Criminal Justice Emphasis

  • Choose this degree if you plan to transfer and take two years of college credit with you. Our transfer agreements make this an easy transition to four-year colleges and universities like UMKC and others.  Examples of classes taken include:
    • Intro to Criminal Justice
    • Criminology
    • American Corrections
    • Juvenile Delinquency
    • Criminal Investigation

 Check with your transfer school and your MCC academic advisor for the most accurate and timely transfer information.

Police Academy

Last Modified: 11/7/19