Criminal Justice Technology

Whether it’s to stop crimes, solve crimes, defend criminals or provide housing for prisoners, employees in this field are in high demand.

Overview

The Criminal Justice Technology program at OFTC offers basic knowledge to those interested in beginning a career in law enforcement, peacekeeping and security. Students learn how to analyze a crime scene, how to pick up and process evidence, a basic understanding of investigations, and the ins and outs of the corrections system. 

As the rate of crime continues to grow, so will the need for criminal justice professionals. What does this mean for you? Since there will always be a need for this profession, there’s job security & a variety of employment options. 

Programs in the Criminal Justice Technology department can be completed between 1 – 6 semesters

Features

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Job Stability & Security

Those who enter the Criminal Justice field can enjoy a long career that is always needed and have the peace of mind knowing their job is safe as long as they remain true to the high ethical standards this unique career field demands. 

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Little or No Cost to You

With the Pell Grant, Georgia’s HOPE Grant, HOPE Scholarship, and HOPE Career Grant (for students/programs who qualify) and other scholarship opportunities, many students graduate OFTC with little to no debt.  

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Tuition & Fees

With tuition at $100 per credit hour, total costs for Criminal Justice Technology department programs range from: 

  • Tuition & Fees*: $7,986.00 
  • Books & Supplies*: $2,035.00 

 

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Advancement Opportunities

The criminal justice field spans a multitude of roles that go beyond local law enforcement or prison corrections, and depending on your career interests and goals, furthering your education in this field can prepare you for job growth opportunities. 

Current practitioners can enhance their career potential through completion of an advanced degree program. 

 

Locations

Campuses

Oconee Fall Line Technical College has campuses throughout its 11-county service area. We look forward to your visit.

Visit  www.OFTC.edu/programs/ to view each individual program and the OFTC campus where it is taught, in part or in its entirety.

Dublin Campus (South)
560 Pinehill Road
Dublin, GA 31021
Phone: (478) 275-6589
Sandersville Campus (North)
1189 Deepstep Road
Sandersville, GA 31082
Phone: (478) 553-2050
Little Ocmulgee Instructional Center (LOIC)
140 N. Third Avenue
McRae-Helena, GA 31037
Phone: (229) 868-7834
Online
Phone: (478) 553-2149

Admissions

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application. 

Admissions Process

 

Your admissions application can be submitted online with your $25.00 non-refundable application fee and takes just a few minutes to complete.   

 

  1. Submit a completed application and application fee. 
  2. Submit official high school transcript, GED transcript, or official college transcripts, if applicable. 
  3. Submit official entrance score on a validated assessment instrument, if applicable. Visit www.OFTC.edu/programs/ to view each individual program and its required minimum scores. 
  4. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online at https://studentaid.gov/ and HOPE Application at www.GAfutures.org using OFTC School Code: 031555. 

NOTE: The College may accept transfer credit for other courses according to the College’s transfer policy. 

General Requirements

 

  1. Be at least 16 years of age.

 

Additional admissions requirements unique to each program are listed on each individual program page at www.OFTC.edu/programs/ 

Need More Info?

 

  • For more information about any of these programs, contact a program advisor: 
    • 478-553-2122 (Sandersville) 
    • 478-274-7900 (Dublin) 
  • For additional information on admission to OFTC, 
contact the Office of Admissions: 
    • 478-553-2064 (Sandersville)
    • 478-275-6589 (Dublin) 
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Learning Format

Students can enter the Criminal Justice Technology programs any semester — because when you are ready to start on the path to a new career and change your life, there is no reason to wait. 

Classes are offered in a variety of formats: on campus, blended, online asynchronous, and synchronous technology. 

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On Campus

These are courses that are taught primarily in the classroom or lab with less than 50% of instruction online. On campus courses may include lecture, labs, internships, clinicals, and other in-person instructional modalities.

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Blended

Blended courses are distance learning courses with the majority of the course content, activities, and interactions occurring online but may require students to come to campus for specific assignments, activities, or events.

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Online Asynchronous

These are courses that are taught fully online asynchronously with course content, activities, and interactions occurring entirely online. This delivery method does not require students to be online at a specific date or time, and students may participate in class activities and complete course assignments asynchronously. Online asynchronous courses require proctored events.

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Synchronous Technology

OFTC also utilizes synchronous technology to offer courses via distance education means. The course is taught on one campus and then broadcast simultaneously to a classroom on a different campus that is monitored by a class proctor.

Flexible Schedule

We want you to get the most out of college and understand how much pressure it can add to your life. At OFTC you can achieve your career-training goals by fitting college into your lifestyle and schedule. We offer small class sizes and flexible scheduling.

Courses for our programs are offered during the morning, afternoon, and evenings – plus many are online where you can do your work any time of day. With this flexibility, you can strike a balance with your lifestyle and school.

And the personalized hands-on attention you receive in a small classroom setting allows you to get individualized support, focus and feedback from your instructors. Your instructors will get to know you and help you build the foundation and confidence needed for success in your field.

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Paying for College

At OFTC, we realize that many students require financial assistance to achieve their academic goals. We’ll work with you to help you obtain financial aid to assist you in funding your education. We’re committed to helping you find ways to help you pay for this life-changing investment.  

With the Pell Grant, Georgia’s HOPE Grant, HOPE Scholarship, and HOPE Career Grant (for students/programs who qualify) and other scholarship opportunities, many students graduate OFTC with little to no debt. 

Financial Aid

OFTC offers several financial aid opportunities that can help you pay for college. Most students apply for federal and state aid, including the Pell Grant, HOPE Scholarship & Grant, and HOPE Career Grant.   

OFTC students can also apply for scholarships through the OFTC Foundation and various businesses and civic-sponsored organizations. 

Contact the Office of Financial Aid or visit OFTC’s Financial Aid web page to learn more about grants, scholarships and Federal Work Study to help fund your education.  

  • 478-553-2131 (Sandersville) 
  • 478-274-7833 or 478-274-7940 (Dublin)
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OFTC students can also apply for scholarships through the OFTC Foundation and various businesses and civic-sponsored organizations. Contact the Office of Financial Aid or visit OFTC’s Financial Aid web page to learn more about grants, scholarships and Federal Work Study to help fund your education.

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Tuition & Fees

With tuition at $100 per credit hour, total costs for Criminal Justice Technology department programs range from: 

  • Tuition & Fees*: $7,986.00 
  • Books & Supplies*: $2,035.00 

 

*Visit www.OFTC.edu/programs/ to view each individual program and its full breakdown of tuition, fees, books, and supplies. Costs are estimated and are subject to change. 

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You can also use the Net Price Calculator to get estimated net price information based on what similar students paid in a previous year. 

Career Outlook

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES 

Graduates of OFTC’s Criminal Justice Technology program may be eligible for employment with regional law enforcement, correctional facilities, as a community police officer, detention officer, EMS coordinator, police officer, deputy sheriff, dispatcher, jailer, conservation ranger, state trooper, or records manager. 

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  • 2021 Median Annual Pay: $66,020 
  • Job Outlook: 3% through 2030 

What does this mean to you?  Since there will always be a need for this profession, there’s job security & a variety of employment options. 

 

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Program Benefits

 Job Titles

  • Community police officer 
  • Detention officer 
  • EMS coordinator 
  • Police officer 
  • Deputy sheriff 
  • Dispatcher 
  • Jailer 
  • Conservation ranger
  • State trooper 
  • Records manager 

Diverse Settings

  • Local Government 
  • Correctional Facility 
  • Emergency Medical Service 
  • State Parks 

Skills Learned

  • Protect lives and property 
  • Gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes 
  • Follow and enforce laws  
  • Respond to emergencies 
  • Write reports  

Graduate Testimonials

“OFTC has provided me with the necessary tools to have a successful career while working for the Georgia Department of Corrections.  I highly recommend OFTC to anyone seeking to further their education in the criminal justice field.”  

Lieutenant Michele Hardy
Johnson State Prison Lieutenant, Georgia Department of Corrections