July 14, 2009


NACC to Offer Criminal Justice Program

The Alabama Commission on Higher Education and the Alabama State Board of Education recently approved Northeast Alabama Community College to offer a short-term certificate, certificate, and Associate in Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice. The program will begin in the Fall semester.

According to Dr. Mike Kennamer, NACC’s Director of Workforce Development, the program is being established as a result of requests from local law enforcement officials and interest expressed by current and prospective students. “Our goal at Northeast is to respond to the needs of the community,” stated Kennamer, “and the implementation of this program is an example of how we do that.”

The Associate in Applied Science degree includes courses in general education, law enforcement, and a required internship. Certificates will allow students to specialize in security, homeland security, law enforcement management, or forensics. “We expect that law enforcement officers may want to earn a certificate in a specialized area such as forensics or management, that will help them in their jobs,” stated Kennamer. According to Kennamer, courses taken for the certificate programs will also count toward the degree.

NACC President, Dr. David Campbell, is pleased to be able to offer this program to the law enforcement community. “This is certainly a very important area of training that the college is providing, especially with issues of homeland security that have emerged in America,” stated Dr. David Campbell, NACC President. “We are pleased to be able to expand on our current program by offering a full two-year degree in law enforcement.”

According to the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations, openings for law enforcement jobs are expected to grow by approximately 2 percent each year through 2014. With the nearest program of this type more than 70 miles away, Northeast’s program seems positioned for success.

Brent Satterfield, who currently teaches Criminal Justice transfer courses at Northeast, will coordinate and teach in the program. “I am most excited that Northeast is offering this much needed program to the law enforcement professionals in our communities,” stated Satterfield. “This program will focus on providing educational advancement for local law enforcement as well as incoming freshmen interested in obtaining a two-year course of study in Criminal Justice,” he continued.

The program is housed in the college’s new Workforce Development building, which is equipped with the latest equipment in educational technology. For more information about how you can prepare for an exciting career in law enforcement, contact Brent Satterfield at or phone extension 304, or visit NACC Criminal Justice web site at