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Area colleges expand criminal justice courses

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Two East Texas colleges are working together to stretch the dollars of students seeking an advanced criminal justice education.

The University of Texas at Tyler Longview University Center and Kilgore College have joined to expand criminal justice education at the center for the fall.

The partnership will allow Kilgore College graduates interested in criminal justice to pursue a bachelor’s degree at UT Tyler Longview, said center Director Van Patterson.

“More and more police agencies are seeking officers with a bachelor’s degree, and that gives them more opportunities down the road,” he said. “We don’t have the entire program here yet, but we are trying to add courses to it every semester.”

Michael Ferguson, deputy director of the East Texas Police Academy and lead instructor of criminal justice at Kilgore College, said the school will offer a sophomore criminal investigations course during the fall at UT Tyler Longview.

Ferguson said plans for the partnership were finalized in April.

The class will be taught by Longview Assistant Police Chief Mike Bishop and is scheduled from 6:30 to 9:20 p.m. Tuesdays.

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