Program Spotlight- Criminal Justice
The Criminal Justice Program at CPAVTS has a lot to offer to students who want to pursue a career in law enforcement.
The curriculum in this class, taught by Instructor, Bill Page for the last 25 years, offers key industry related experience to help students set themselves apart from the masses. Students are given knowledge of the criminal justice system, crime scene investigating, traffic control...and countless other areas that apply to industry.
We have taken time to Q & A with our Instructor and one of his top students to get their interpretation of what is most important in the class.
Instructor: What is the most significant new or different aspect to your program this year?
"I got my first freshman students."- Bill Page/CPAVTS Criminal Justice Instructor
Instructor: How many years have you been at CPAVTS and what was your experience before coming here?
"25 years at CPAVTS, I worked in a halfway house for prisoners and Loss prevention at several stores. I was a full-time police officer for 16 years; field training officer. I have an AA in Police Science and a BS in Law Enforcement."- Bill Page/CPAVTS Criminal Justice Instructor
Student: Summarize what you learn in your program in one sentence.
"We learn the Criminal Justice System, crime scene investigation and traffic."- Criminal Justice Student
Instructor: What unit or topic do students struggle with the most in your program? Why do you think that is?
"Understanding of certain concepts and the terminology."- Bill Page/CPAVTS Criminal Justice Instructor
Student: What is the hardest part of your program?
"Learning the proper methods to successfully complete a practical skill. (for example: fingerprinting)."- Criminal Justice Student
Instructor: What are some more recent career pathways students take when they leave CPAVTS?
"Military; College; and then Enter into professions, such as: corrections, security and police force."- Bill Page/CPAVTS Criminal Justice Instructor
Student: What is your plan for after high school?
"I plan on attending Harrisburg Area Community College for Nursing and furthering my career from Nursing to be a forensic pathologist assistant."- Criminal Justice Student
Instructor: What particular training/unit do employers seek that helps students get their foot in the door?
"The basic abilities of forensics, but more importantly, report writing and filling out forms."-Bill Page/CPAVTS Criminal Justice Instructor
Instructor and Student: What is some of the recent technology and/or trends in the profession with which students become familiar?
"FACES- computer based composite drawing and SUPERGLUE- fumigation for latent fingerprinter."- Bill Page/CPAVTS Criminal Justice Instructor
"The FACES program we use on the computer."- Criminal Justice Student
Student: What is going to be the highlight of the year in your program?
"Safety Day! Criminal Justice organizes and runs safety day."- Criminal Justice Student
Student: What are you proud of learning how to do in your program?
"Fingerprinting, handcuffing, searching and dusting for prints."- Criminal Justice Student
Student: How is your program at CPAVTS different from other classes you have had in the past? Can you give some examples?
"It is more hands-on and in-depth. You learn one subject that you will be using in your everyday life in some way."- Criminal Justice Student
Student: What is the most fun part of your program?
"The hands-on skills we learn, like handcuffing, searching and fingerprinting."- Criminal Justice Student
Student: What advice would you give to a beginning level 1 student who is just starting the program or students considering enrolling in the program?
"Pay attention, try your best and have fun! You'll become a different and better person in here. You'll made meaningful, new friendships and the time will fly by faster than you think."- Criminal Justice Student
Instructor: What advice would you give student who have completed your program?
"Continue your studies no matter what career you choose."- Bill Page/ CPAVTS Criminal Justice Instructor