It’s easy to think all justice studies or criminal justice programs are the same—the skills you learn should be universal, no matter where you go to school, right? Not so fast. This article is written to highlight 10 facts that showcase how the Rasmussen College justice studies program distinguishes itself among its competition.
After reading this list you’ll soon see the Rasmussen College justice studies program is a cut above the rest when it comes to providing you a hands-on education from knowledgeable, experienced instructors. The staff, from your first instructor on up, is dedicated to preparing you for a challenging career.
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1. The School of Justice Studies leadership has experience at the local, state and federal levels.
Currie Myers, the man responsible for guiding the entire justice studies program, has trained more than 10,000 police officers in 35 states for more than 24 years. He has conducted training in every facet of public safety and jail-related skills and techniques. He knows firsthand what it takes to be an excellent public servant and continues to work with experienced state program coordinators to ensure the training provided by Rasmussen College meets or exceeds industry standards.
2. Law enforcement students complete 340 hours of specialized training
Students in the Rasmussen College law enforcement program must complete 340 hours of specialized training. The training includes 80 hours of firearms safety training; 80 hours of use-of-force training; 80 hours of patrol practicals; 60 hours of crime scene investigation; and 40 hours of traffic stops. This provides students with ample opportunity to refine their skills before applying them in their careers, and is also double what most skills programs require.
3. Rasmussen College instructors have a collective 488 years of police experience
This means your instructor isn’t some bookworm whose only real experience with law enforcement was the time they got pulled over for speeding. With an average of more than 14 years of law enforcement experience, Rasmussen College’s instructors have what it takes to provide you with a wealth of knowledge while applying it to real-world situations.
4. Every justice studies program implements field work
Whether students are observing a courtroom trial, visiting a fully-operational correctional facility or participating in a police ride-along, students in the School of Justice Studies get to observe and learn from real life scenarios. There’s no better way to be prepared for your future career than to get an up-close look at the day-to-day life of someone already in your chosen profession. You may be surprised what a police officer’s day really looks like—it’s not all kicking down doors and high-speed chases.
5. 25 percent of justice studies students already work in law enforcement
Approximately one quarter of Rasmussen College Justice Studies students are already working in law enforcement and are attending school to advance their careers. This gives inexperienced students additional perspective when it comes to class discussions and other activities. It’s always nice to have other students who may be able to help explain a tricky concept in their own words.
6. Experts from the field teach a variety of courses
Who better to teach a class on constitutional law than an attorney or judge? Or how about a social worker teaching a class on human services? The Rasmussen College justice studies program places a premium on hiring instructors who are experienced professionals with advanced degrees in the fields they teach.
7. The Eagan, Minn. campus features a state-of-the-art skills training facility
A new 8,000-square-foot Law Enforcement Skills Training facility opened at the Eagan, Minn., campus on Jan. 8. The facility features seven scenario rooms designed to train students how to respond to different types of calls and secure different facilities. The rooms include a mock bar, bank, apartment, convenience store and crime lab. Also available are firearms simulation training and padded use-of-force training rooms. This facility gives students the opportunity to practice real life scenarios and also review and critique their actions as each room is equipped with video cameras. This provides instructors a great teaching tool for when mistakes happen during training. It’s always better to have it happen there than in a situation where someone could get hurt.
8. Justice studies students have the opportunity to tour real life police facilities
Justice studies students are regularly offered the opportunity to tour local facilities like county jails, coroners’ offices and courtrooms. These tours serve as not only a great opportunity to view the work environment, but to get your face in front of local law enforcement officials. Sometimes all it takes is a great first impression to help move your application to the top of the pile when it comes time to apply for jobs.
9. The Fargo Corrections Academy is the first public-private partnership for state corrections officer training
The Fargo campus has begun a new partnership with the state of North Dakota to train corrections officers. This partnership will allow corrections officer training to be done at the Rasmussen College campus in Fargo—training which was previously handled by an overburdened state-run facility. The partnership shows the trust and value placed on Rasmussen College instructors by the law enforcement community. It also highlights the innovative ways the college looks to help in the community.
10. Campuses regularly host events where students interact directly with prominent law enforcement officials
For example, the Eagan, Minn., campus hosted a roundtable discussion with high ranking members of the Minnesota law enforcement community. The Blaine campus hosted a panel designed to raise awareness of sex trafficking in America. The St. Cloud campus routinely invites a panel of police officers, deputy sheriffs, state troopers, conservation officers and federal law enforcement agents to discuss their jobs.
These types of events provide students the chance to pick up on advice for their careers as well as make an impression. These interactions can be invaluable—a great way to succeed in your own career is to pick the brain of someone who has already made it.