School and Ranking Information
There are about 20 schools in the Atlanta area offering students education programs that prepare them to become security and law enforcement professionals. The school below is considered among the top schools in the area for security professional training based on student services, program offerings, and tuition rates.
- Winner: West Georgia Technical College (WGTC) is a 2-year public college and a member of the Technical College System of Georgia. WGTC offers certificate and associate's degree programs in the criminal justice field.
School Info Chart
|Category||West Georgia Technical College|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-14)||$2,628 (in-state); $4,668 (out-of-state)*|
|Criminal Justice/Security Training Degrees Offered||Certificate, Associate's*|
|Criminal Justice/Security Training Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-13||86*|
|Most Popular Criminal Justice/Security Training Degree Level in 2012-13||Certificate (55 awarded)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||17%*|
|Noteworthy||Third largest technical college in the state**|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **West Georgia Technical College
West Georgia Technical College
- Credit hours may be awarded for students who have Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.) certification
- Students in criminal justice related programs may be required to participate in background and criminal checks
- Programs are offered at nine campuses and online
WGTC serves seven counties in Georgia, many of which are within 50 miles of Atlanta, GA. It has over 100 academic programs available and, for those interested in public safety, WGTC offers a variety of certificate and associate's degree programs that prepare students for careers as police officers, security professionals, and law enforcement managers. Credit hours may be awarded for students who have Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.) certification.
The 48-credit hour Criminal Justice Diploma program prepares students for a variety of occupations, including correctional officers, private detectives and investigators, security guards, and police and sheriff's patrol officers. The Associate of Science in Criminal Justice requires students to complete 62 credit hours with emphasis in the areas of criminal investigation and procedure, criminology, juvenile delinquency, and law enforcement. The Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Technology requires students to complete 60 credit hours. In addition to core criminal justice courses, course topics include evidence, creating reports, interrogation, and documentation. The school also offers the professional certificates in crime scene fundamentals and criminal justice fundamentals.