The state department of corrections stands to benefit from an agreement signed today with West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
The college will serve as an academy for training of law enforcement and correctional officers...not just for new officers, but to help existing officers improve and increase their skills.
"We've had everything from probation officers to state police officers, regular police officers, someone going on to law school or get their masters degree," says Louis Ray, Criminal Justice Program Coordinator. "It's a wide variety of people who use this degree to continue to meet their goals."
The college's criminal justice program began as an associate program a few years ago...becoming a bachelor's program in 2009.
Since then, enrollment in that program has more than tripled.