Criminal Justice Students Get A “Jump Start” On College

Three students, wearing security uniforms and protective face masks, learn to collect crime scene evidence in a Capital Region BOCES Criminal Justice classroom.
Criminal Justice students Alli Cater (left) and Isabel Philipp (right) are getting a “jump start” on their college educations, learning and earning course credits through Bryant & Stratton College’s free Jump Start program.

High school seniors Alli Cater and Isabel Philipp, who currently attend our Criminal Justice program, are getting a “jump start” on higher education through Bryant & Stratton College’s free college prep program.

The Middleburgh duo learned of Bryant & Stratton’s Jump Start program, in which students take a weekly class and earn college credits that can be applied to a full-time education at Bryant & Stratton or transferred, during a virtual presentation to Career & Technical School students earlier this year.

“It’s great to earn college credits while still in high school,” said Cater. “I love science and biology and crime scenes. This is giving me a head start on a career working in a DNA lab.”  

“I am taking an ‘Intro to Criminal Justice’ class (at Bryant & Stratton) and I am ahead of the students there because of everything I am learning at BOCES,” added Philipp.

Cater and Philipp are two of about 100 students currently enrolled in the two-year program Criminal Justice program, offered on our Albany and Schoharie Career and Technical School campuses, who are preparing or careers in law enforcement, the military, law or security. With the help of partners in law enforcement and higher education, Students in our Criminal Justice program learn about the history, theory, practices and recent developments in the field of criminal justice and practice the skills necessary for those careers. Learn more about our Criminal Justice program