[CLINTON, N.C.] – In August, a new program will begin in the Public Service department at Sampson Community College—Public Safety Administration. Graduates of the program will qualify for leadership positions with government agencies, correctional facilities, police or fire departments, and other similar organizations. The degree program is more diverse than a criminal justice degree, so students study a variety of subjects. The program at SCC offers two tracks: corrections and law enforcement.

Up to 20 hours of Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) coursework transfers to the program, making the degree a straightforward option for current public servants interested in advancement. It’s also suitable for students interested in BLET who may not meet the age requirements. Certified corrections officers can have up to 8 hours of coursework transfer.

The program digs into coursework dealing with public administration, public policy, ethics, critical incident management, grant writing, and more. Graduates of the program can expect to begin careers in state and local government agency jobs. Current practitioners can use the programs as an immediate opportunity for advancement, while younger students use it as a steppingstone for career entrance while gaining experience.

Though it is just beginning and developing, students have much to look forward to in the program. Amanda Jasinski, Department Chair, is already on the hunt for articulation agreements with nearby four-year institutions for students interested in continuing to the next step.

“Students will enjoy this program because it will allow them to develop their leadership potential and enhance their confidence in critical agency roles,” Jasinski stated.

Registration for Fall 2020 begins July 1 and runs until July 30. Students with questions about the Public Safety Administration program should contact Amanda Jasinski at ajasinski@sampsoncc.edu.

About Sampson Community College: Sampson Community College is a member of the North Carolina Community College System, located in Clinton, NC in Sampson County. The college offers many programs to include two-year degrees, college transfer, continuing education and workforce development options, and early college education.