Meet the Faculty
Neal Owens is the Director for Criminal Justice Programs at Ogeechee Technical College. He has been a certified police officer for over 25 years and has served as a police instructor for 18 years. Mr. Owens has held various assignments throughout his law enforcement career to include Patrol, Traffic, and Criminal Investigations. Mr. Owens has served in numerous supervisory roles to include Command Staff, and Executive Level experience. Mr. Owens has earned a Master of Public Administration – Justice Administration degree from Columbus State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University. Mr. Owens is certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.) as: Peace Officer to include Intermediate, Advanced, Supervision, and Management Certifications. Mr. Owens also holds P.O.S.T. Certifications as a Field Training Officer, General Instructor, and Firearms Instructor. Mr. Owens is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy Session 223, and a graduate of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (G.A.C.P) Law Enforcement Command College Class 31-A.
Programs of Study
*Denotes Title IV eligible program (PELL).
Program Purpose Statement
The Criminal Justice Technology programs are a sequence of courses that prepare students for Criminal Justice professions. Learning opportunities develop academic, occupational, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of Criminal Justice theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Graduates who are current practitioners will benefit through enhancement of career potential. Entry-level persons will be prepared to pursue diverse opportunities in the corrections, security, investigative, and police administration fields.
CRJU1010 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJU1068 - Criminal Law
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where can I find employment with a Criminal Justice Degree, Diploma, or Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC)?
A: In terms of the job market, the primary employer will be criminal justice agencies. The Criminal Justice Technology program prepares you to work for a police department, corrections facility, probation offices, etc. Some police departments may hire civilians in various roles, while many others may also want you to be a police officer. Some agencies will require that you have street experience as an officer before you can move into specialty areas (like investigations or forensics). Criminal Justice agencies are all different. If you are interested in a particular department or agency, I would suggest giving them a call or visit their web site to see what they may require. Students who plan to pursue careers in corrections, courts, and juvenile justice may also benefit from the Forensic Science programs.
There are also emerging fields in criminal justice or that are criminal justice related. Some examples of positions in which a criminal justice education may be necessary or helpful: Paralegal or Legal Assistant, Legal Secretary, Court Reporter, Loss Prevention, Data Analyst (crime data), Background Investigator, Court Liaison, and Private Investigator/Surveillance Investigator, and many others (Source: Indeed.com).
Please note that no one convicted of a felony can be certified as a police officer (and most other criminal justice positions) in the State of Georgia. A significant number of misdemeanor convictions may also negatively impact employment potential.
Q: I have a job. How flexible are the courses?
A: Every semester there are courses offered online, in the classroom at varying times, as well as hybrid courses. Hybrid courses allow the student to have some interaction with the instructor with a reduced number of meetings per week. Of course, a student taking online courses needs to have self-discipline and time management skills in order to stay on track and be successful.
Q: Can I double major in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science?
A: There are some shared courses (courses that are required in both programs) which make it possible to obtain both degrees simultaneously. You will want to let your advisor know that you are interested in a double major. This is particularly true when selecting electives in the Criminal Justice programs. A double major request is usually submitted through your advisor to the Dean of Academic Affairs. The Dean will review the request after a student has demonstrated their ability to maintain academic standing for at least one semester.
Q: Can I double major in Criminal Justice and Wildlife Management
A: At this time we are not able to offer a double major in Criminal Justice and Wildlife Management. Because of the rotation of courses in the Wildlife Management program it would be not be possible to take Criminal Justice courses simultaneously. However, if you are interested in Wildlife Law Enforcement it certainly would be beneficial to have some combination of degree and/or diploma level courses in order to be more attractive to employers.