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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-20-CF_Best-Value-CJ.pngWaynesburg University's criminal justice program was recently nationally recognized as a best value in the 2017 College Factual "Best Colleges Nationwide" rankings published by USA Today. The criminal justice program placed in the top 10 percent, ranking No. 25 out of 373 similar school programs in the nation and ranked No. 1 in the state of Pennsylvania.

"We are thrilled to have the Criminal Justice Administration Program recognized as a best value, particularly being number one in Pennsylvania," said Adam Jack, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences and associate professor of criminal justice. "The hands-on nature of our program, paired with the recognition of a cost effective education, will certainly set us apart from other schools."

College Factual measures a variety of factors in determining top ranked colleges by major, such as early career and mid-career earnings; major focus and market share; post-graduate resources; related major focus, breadth and concentration; accreditation; and overall school quality.

Additionally, Waynesburg University earned the distinction as a "Best College for the Money," ranking No. 147 out of the 1,208 schools identified across the nation by College Factual.

In recent months, the University has also been recognized as a best value by U.S. News & World Report, College Factual, The Economist, The Brookings Institute and Educate to Career.

For more information about Waynesburg University's criminal justice program, visit www.waynesburg.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate-majors/criminal-justice-administration.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

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Officials from The People’s Police Academy in Vietnam and the Political General Department will travel to Pittsburgh Tuesday, Sept. 27 to Friday, Sept. 30, to visit Pittsburgh Technical College (PTC) and Waynesburg University for the first Public Security and Leadership United States Conference.

The four-day conference will include an in-depth study of criminal justice education and training, security operations, and emergency prevention and response. Additional topics include terrorism, human trafficking, and firearms and explosives.

PTC and Waynesburg University faculty have prepared customized training requested by the delegation in the following areas: criminal procedures in the United States; use of force; traffic stops; cameras and protection; terrorism prevention; crime scene investigation and fingerprinting; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) bomb and arson response; ATF explosives detection; K-9 demonstrations; laser shot simulated firearms demonstrations; criminal investigation; firearms and explosives; forensic laboratory services; patriot training; and lethal weapons training.

Additionally, the delegation will participate in training with Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 911 EOC Center – Allegheny County, Mobile Command Center, Mobile Crime Lab, Heinz Field Terrorism Team, Pennsylvania State Police Airborne Law Enforcement, the National Response Team and the City of Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay.

According to PTC President Greg DeFeo, this event is a mutual opportunity for academic and cultural advancement.

“That Pittsburgh Technical College and our School of Criminal Justice have been selected to provide training for our contemporaries in public safety and education is an incredible honor for us. Everyone at PTC - students, faculty and our administrative team alike - are eager to host a memorable visit,” said DeFeo.

James Tanda, instructor of criminal justice at Waynesburg University, is responsible for coordinating the events held on Waynesburg’s main campus.

“This training demonstrates and accomplishes Waynesburg University’s willingness to partner with other colleges in the region in a productive, educational environment,” said Tanda. “Waynesburg will provide instruction from our criminal justice faculty on investigations, crime scene analysis and forensic laboratory examination.”

Details, logistics and translation for the visit have been coordinated by Susan Amorose, president at the American English Institute and chief global officer for the American Scholar Group.

The Vietnamese delegation will consist of government officials, teaching professionals and executive leadership of Vietnamese police and fire organizations.

About Pittsburgh Technical College

Offering career-focused education since 1946, Pittsburgh Technical College is located on a 180-acre campus in North Fayette, west of Pittsburgh.  PTC awards associate and bachelor’s degrees and certificates in more than 30 programs in areas such as business, criminal justice, hospitality, design, healthcare, nursing, information technology, trades technology, and energy and electronics technology.  PTC also offers program through PTC Online and culinary programs through the American Academy of Culinary Arts, AACA.  PTC’s campus offers on-campus resident halls, student activities, intramural sports, and community service programs.

PTC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. For the sixth consecutive year, PTC was recognized by its employees as one of the region’s Top Places to Work in a 2016 study commissioned by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, is designated a Military Friendly School for the seventh consecutive year, and is selected a STEM Jobs Approved College for 2015.

For information about PTC, visit www.ptcollege.edu, or PTC’s School of Criminal Justice, visit www.ptcollege.edu/programs/school-of-criminal-justice.

About Waynesburg University

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

For more information about Waynesburg University’s criminal justice program, visit www.waynesburg.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate-majors/criminal-justice-administration.

About the American English Institute

American English Institute seeks to establish the standard for American English by functioning both as an accreditation body that instills the correct pedagogy for educators and as an educator of the language. Guiding students from beginning to advanced levels, the institute fosters proficiency in all the linguistic domains of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

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 Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

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The Waynesburg University Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences will host its annual spring Mock Crime Scene event Saturday, March 19, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the University’s campus. The event is directed toward high school students interested in criminal justice, law enforcement, forensic science or Waynesburg University in general.

Students and parents will gather in Stover Campus Center at the start of the event for an in-briefing, and then separate activities will be offered for parents, while participating students spend the morning in sessions with experts in various fields. Students will rotate through four stations featuring guest presenters, who vary from year to year and may include experts in ballistics, DNA collection, fingerprints, forensic analysis, prosecution and more. Lunch is provided, and students and parents may meet after lunch with the Office of Admissions for campus tours or to ask any questions.

James Tanda, instructor of criminal justice and coordinator of the event, said the goal of the event is to raise awareness among high school students about Waynesburg’s major disciplines related to criminal justice.

“It is also designed to clear up myths and misconceptions often exhibited on television and give the 16- to 18-year-old students firsthand exposure to professionals and the methods used in current day crime scene investigation,” said Tanda.

Interested students can contact the Office of Admissions or Bob Barnhart, admissions counselor, at 724-852-3346 for more information or to reserve a spot for the event. Space is limited.

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Waynesburg University’s Criminal Justice Club will participate in the annual Waynesburg Borough Halloween parade sponsored by the Lions Club to support the Special Olympics Greene County Program. The parade will be held Thursday, Oct. 29, immediately following the Borough’s trick-or-treating tradition behind the Greene County Office Building.

The Criminal Justice Club is partnering with the Special Olympics Greene County management team to create awareness of the Special Olympics program in the county. Both organizations have chosen to participate in this event because of the large amount of community members who attend the parade each year. Their goal is to inform the community of the program as well as the benefits for individuals with intellectual disabilities to sign up as athletes. In addition, both organizations are looking to attract volunteers.

“This is one of the many events the Criminal Justice Club participates in to help spread awareness of the Special Olympics program,” said Todd Breninghouse, senior criminal justice administration major and president of the Criminal Justice Club. “Special Olympics is such a meaningful and amazing organization, and we want to make sure the community is well aware of the opportunities one can gain from being a part of it.”

The Criminal Justice Club and the Special Olympics Greene County management team will walk behind the Special Olympics athletes in the parade wearing Special Olympics T-shirts in support of the organization. Also, the two teams will be distributing candy promoting the program during the parade.

For more information, contact Randi Chambers, manager of Special Olympics Greene County at 724-998-8109.

Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. The organizations empowers people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all.

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Waynesburg University’s Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science and Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences are teaming up for a community outreach event at Jefferson-Morgan Elementary School Thursday, Oct. 22.

All fourth graders at the school will have the opportunity to participate in four workshops covering information about the importance of shoeprints in criminal investigation. A group of University juniors and seniors from the Forensic Science and Criminal Justice clubs will lead each workshop.

The elementary students will rotate through the 15-minute workshops, which are entitled, “Class Characteristics of Footwear,” “Individual Characteristics of Footwear,” “Footwear Recovery and Lifting” and “Analysis of Crime Scene Footwear Impressions.” Under the guise of investigating a case about a lunch thief, participants will learn about why footwear impression evidence is important, how to collect imprints and how to analyze them to identify suspects or culprits.

Faith Musko, instructor of forensic science at the University, emphasizes that if students want to pursue a future in criminal justice, they will be required to master a wide variety of skills.

“To obtain a career in investigation requires an individual to wear many hats which all require an inquisitive nature,” said Musko. “This inquisitive nature involves both analytical and critical thinking skills, which is a necessary part of student development. By giving the students at Jefferson-Morgan a crime scene to solve, we are giving them a fun and thrilling way to enhance these skills.”

For more information, contact Faith Musko at 724-853-7716 or fmusko@waynesburg.edu.

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