Justice & Community Advocacy Associate Degree

Justice and Community Advocacy Associate Degree

Impact Careers Start Here

If making a positive social impact is your career goal, you have countless paths – in shelter care, private investigation, 911 dispatch, probation and parole, corrections, juvenile detention, and many more in-demand fields that make a difference.

Get your start with the new Justice and Community Advocacy degree.

You'll obtain hands-on skills in investigation practices, crisis management, motivational interviewing, situational awareness/defense, and more – while gaining a solid foundation in communication, advocacy, and inclusion.

Program Code: 1050410

The demand for individuals in service-oriented jobs is growing. The Justice & Community Advocacy program will teach students the functions of community advocacy agencies, correctional facilities, operations in probation & parole, criminal justice agencies, private investigation and emergency dispatch careers. Completion of this degree provides the graduate knowledge to improve lives of individuals and communities in a variety of jobs and interests. Graduates will learn how to provide services and assistance in socially conscious and inclusive way that inspire the neediest individuals and families to envision a future with hope. Graduates will also learn skills in situational awareness & defense, crisis management and de-escalation, substance abuse, mental health services and special needs populations.

Follow Your Path

The Justice & Community Advocacy program includes the course Courts & Jurisdiction that is offered at district high schools.

Employment Potential

Community Support Workers/Community Advocates

  • Shelter Care Worker
  • 9-1-1 Telecommunicator / Dispatch
  • Probation & Parole Agent
  • Correctional Officer
  • Prison Guard
  • Juvenile Detention Officer
  • Home Detention Specialist
  • Probation & Parole Agent
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Conservation Officer
  • Private Investigator
  • Security / Loss Prevention

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

  • Upon successful completion of this program, along with additional coursework, graduates can earn certifiability status with the Wisconsin Department of Justice (WIDOJ) Law Enforcement Academy and/or Jail Academy.

The following certificates/technical diplomas may be applied toward this program:

  • Private Investigator Pathway Certificate
  • Emergency Dispatch Pathway Certificate
Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the Justice & Community Advocacy associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
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Curriculum Note: The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements, but must be passed with a "C" or better.



  • Students with a criminal history including, but not limited to a felony, misdemeanor and domestic violence arrests may be denied employment in the public safety field. Extensive background checks by an employer often include any or all of the following—criminal history check, employment history, credit history check, psychological testing, physical agility testing, drug testing and/or driving record check at the discretion of the employing agency. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee employment in the field or guarantee of graduation within typical program timing.