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Partnership makes it possible to pursue degree in Law Enforcement Studies
Okanagan College Media Release

Interested in a degree in Law Enforcement Studies?

The Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) and Okanagan College are teaming up to offer two information sessions in Penticton on Feb. 24 that will outline student options for the baccalaureate program.

In 2015, the two public post-secondary institutions announced a partnership that will see the degree program offered at Okanagan College’s Penticton campus. Students can take the College’s two-year Criminal and Social Justice program and then ladder into the third year of the JIBC’s Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies (BLES) degree program, offered in Penticton. The first intake into the third year of the BLES will be in September, 2016.

The first information session is at 1 p.m. on Feb. 24, while a second session will be held at 5:30 p.m.

“There is a great deal of excitement about this option, not just among current and prospective students of our Criminal and Social Justice Diploma program, but also among many of the alumni of the program,” explains Donna Lomas, Okanagan College’s Regional Dean for the South Okanagan Similkameen.

“Given the development of the prison in Oliver, and the ongoing human resource needs of various agencies across the country, this degree program is a good choice for those whose goal is a career in law enforcement,” explains Shaun Machesny, JIBC’s Co-ordinator for the Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies.

The option of laddering into the degree program is open to other students who have completed undergraduate diplomas, but those students should consult the JIBC calendar or education advisors.

“A good place to start would be at the information sessions,” explains Machesny.

To register, or for more information about the sessions, call 250 492-4305 or visit Okanagan.bc.ca/Penticton. For more information about the program
www.jibc.ca/bles.