Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wanted by Cops: UI&U's Criminal Justice Program

SACRAMENTO, CA – Union Institute & University’s (UI&U) Sacramento Academic Center is now making degree completion even more accessible for law enforcement professionals in Northern California - by bringing higher education to them. The university recently launched sites at the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Regional Training Center and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Department in support of its growing Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management (CJM) program – the university’s largest and most popular BS program.

The private, non-profit university has plans to grow the CJM program into large metropolitan areas including Fresno and the Bay area. Dr. James Rocheleau, associate provost of special projects and former dean of the California Centers, says his goal is to open two new CJM sites in California each year.

“The sites in Stanislaus and San Mateo are a testament to how popular – and successful – our criminal justice management program has become,” said Rocheleau. “We listened to what law enforcement professionals wanted and created a program that is convenient, accelerated, academically rigorous, and affordable.”

More than 350 learners are currently enrolled in the CJM program and four current California sheriffs, including Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson, are graduates of UI&U’s CJM program. Law enforcement professionals seek UI&U’s CJM program because they can earn advanced credit for police academy training, complete courses in eight weeks, and learn from former police officers who have extensive experience in criminal justice management.

As an alumnus, Sheriff Christianson has been looking forward to bringing the program to Stanislaus County. “This is an excellent partnership and a unique educational opportunity for members of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department,” said Sheriff Christianson. “Union's program is tailored to the needs of those working in criminal justice today and it sets the stage for them to advance and become leaders in public safety.”

In addition to these new sites in northern California, UI&U now has a total of 10 sites throughout California, including locations in San Bernardino County, Arcadia, Brea, Orange County, and Palmdale, all in response to growing demand for CJM degree completion programs. The LA center already has successful agreements with the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

For more information about the Sacramento Academic Center’s new sites contact Dr. James Rocheleau, associate provost for special projects at 888.862.9950, x1518 or x1710, or

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