Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) has announced a partnership
with Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) to offer classes towards a baccalaureate degree
in criminal justice.
The School of Justice Studies (SJS) at EKU will offer classes on the Prestonsburg
and Pikeville campuses of BSCTC towards a bachelors degree in criminal justice or
police studies. Classes are set to begin on January 19, and EKU is currently accepting
applications for the fall (August) semester.
We are excited about the opportunity and the possibilities of this program, said BSCTC
President Dr. Devin Stephenson. This will provide our students the option to earn
a baccalaureate and graduate degree close to home.
Kelli Hall, interim dean of technical education and workforce development, said the
partnership with EKU validates the quality of BSCTCs criminal justice program and
the partnerships it has built throughout the region.
The flexibility of the EKU program will allow both traditional and non-traditional
students the opportunity to earn their degree close to home, said Hall.
Hall added that the partnership with EKU will help municipalities, counties and the
United States Penitentiary Big Sandy in Martin County.
In addition to the federal penitentiary in Martin County, we have federal facilities
in Ashland and Manchester, as well as a facility set to be constructed in Letcher
County, said Hall. These programs will allow students to earn the credentials needed
to have a rewarding career in law enforcement, corrections and support agencies.
Stephen Kappeler, coordinator of regional campuses for EKUs School of Justice Studies,
said EKU will be offering courses for students pursuing a bachelors degree in criminal
justice courses in a format that best suits them.
Our students at Big Sandy Community and Technical College can enroll in classes taught
in traditional classrooms, by interactive television or through online courses, said
Kappeler, senior lecturer and School of Justice Studies Coordinator of EKU Regional
Campuses. Additionally, all courses will be taught by internationally recognized faculty
from EKUs College of Justice and Safety EKUs Program of Distinction as designated
by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.
Kappeler added: Graduates of our School of Justice Studies go on to challenging careers
in law enforcement at the local, state, and federal levels like the U.S. Secret Service,
F.B.I, U.S. Marshals Service and social services. We are excited to begin this new
enterprise. It will be a long and mutually beneficial partnership between EKU and
Big Sandy Community and Technical College.
For more information on BSCTCs Criminal Justice program, contact Les Varney at (606)
889-4772 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
. For more information on EKUs program in Prestonsburg and Pikeville, call 1-844-EKU-CJRC
or visit www.cjregional.eku.edu