The mission of the MWCC Criminal Justice Program is to provide students with academic preparation for career entry, transfer to four year institutions and life long learning through a broad based and comprehensive curriculum supported by community partnerships and guided by the demand of the criminal justice workforce.
Many area public safety professionals, including police officers, corrections officers, and federal criminal justice employees get their start at MWCC. The MWCC Criminal Justice program provides students with the option of selecting a law enforcement concentration or a corrections concentration. The law enforcement concentration emphasizes areas such as community policing, investigation, criminalistics, and administration of justice. The corrections concentration focuses on counseling and rehabilitation of offenders, probation, parole, community corrections and juvenile services. Criminal Justice is also a good foundation for those pursuing a career in law.
For Criminal Justice student interested in continuing on for a bachelor’s degree, MWCC has transfer agreements with a number of colleges and universities including Charter Oak State College, Hesser College, Roger Williams University, University of Massachusetts Lowell and University of Phoenix. We also have a 3 Plus One agreement with Franklin University, where the student can complete an additional year at MWCC costs before completing their final year of their bachelor’s degree completely online.
For more program information contact R_Hillman@mwcc.mass.edu
An author and chair of the sociology and criminal justice department at Western New England College, Denise Gosselin received MWCC’s Alumna of the Year Award in 2011.
“Going to the Mount was a tradition I my family. The year I graduated, my father graduated with his degree in nursing. MWCC made so much possible for me.”
She is an associate professor of criminal justice at Western New England College and is the author of Heavy Hands: An Introduction to the Crimes of Family Violence, a leading textbook in the field of domestic violence, and of Smart Talk: Contemporary Interviewing and Interrogation.