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WPCCCriminal Justice

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Of Service to All…

The Criminal Justice Technology program at WPCC offers you the opportunity to explore careers in police work, the court system, the prison system, and investigations and their application in today’s society. Your studies will also include a review of  law enforcement at the local, state, and federal levels; exploring judicial processes; and discussions of the corrections process and security services. An overview of the role of the criminal justice system in our society is also included.

Some focus areas available to criminal justice students at WPCC include law, criminal justice systems, ethics, community relations, computers and technology, and investigative principles.

Criminal Justice at WPCC is your opportunity to be of service to others in a variety of career settings.

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Why a career in criminal justice?

There are several good reasons to seek a career in criminal justice:

  1. A variety of career options
    Criminal justice graduates can find positions not just in law enforcement. There are positions in industry, education, social services, and retail just to name a few possibilities.
  2. You get to help others
    Criminal justice graduates have many opportunities to give back to the community through their work. Offering protection, helping victims, and working for justice are a few ways to serve others through a criminal justice career.
  3. Stable jobs and benefits
    Since many jobs exist in the public sector and crime is a constant in our society, the employment market for criminal justice graduates is fairly stable, and often these jobs come with generous insurance and benefits packages.
  4. An exciting, challenging career
    Criminal justice graduates often have positions where they have to solve problems and think fast on their feet with a different challenge always around the corner. Careers here are rarely boring!
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Job Outlook

The O-Net OnLine U.S. Department of Labor website lists 40 criminal justice-related positions with a range of salary possibilities. Graduates of the criminal justice program at WPCC may find positions such as police officer, deputy sheriff, state trooper, detention officer, probation/parole surveillance officer, correctional officer, and loss prevention specialist. For more information on job opportunities in the region surrounding WPCC, please consult with our criminal justice faculty.

Program Costs, Graduation & Job Placement

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Program of Study

We offer two options of study in our criminal justice program.

Associate in Applied Science

The A.A.S. degree is a 2-year, 64 credit-hour program of study that prepares graduates for entry-level positions in criminal justice career fields.


The WPCC criminal justice certificate is an 18-hour concentration of courses designed to provide intensive training in a year, supplementing additional education.


We invite you to meet and learn more about our criminal justice faculty.

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Steven Moulton

Phone: 828.448.6042
Office: Carr Hall, Room 120 [map]

My name is Steven J. Moulton, and I’m the coordinator of the Criminal Justice program at Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton, NC. I have been a full-time faculty member here since 2005, and I also instruct sociology classes part time during the summer. I have taught criminal justice and sociology at multiple community colleges and universities here in our area and across the state.

I earned my Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in 2014 in Higher Education, (Adult and Developmental Education) from Appalachian State University. I received my Masters of Arts in Social Science Education from Appalachian State in 2003 and my Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree from Oswego State University (SUNY Oswego) in 1994. (I also spent two years as a transfer student at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, NY, before transferring for my Baccalaureate Degree).

I was a campus police officer (Bike-Patrol) at Queens University in Charlotte, NC. I then transferred to the City of Hickory Police Department for three years and after a one-year stay in Concord, NC. I am a sworn, certified police officer in North Carolina and have worked either full- or part-time for the Lenoir Police Department in Lenoir, NC, since 2003.

When I’m not working, I’m spending time with my wife, Amber, and our three children, Kennedy, Kate, and Jack. I enjoy watching and playing sports, working out, and traveling back home to New York State for visits with family and friends.

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Sarah Owens Weeks

Phone: 828.448.6047
Office: Carr Hall, Room 120 [map]

I’m Sarah Owens Weeks, instructor in the Criminal Justice program at Western Piedmont Community College. My goal is to watch you grow in your knowledge and applied thinking.  My courses will challenge you to apply criminal justice foundation in a modern society.

I relate to my students, as I have been on the same path they are traveling. I first took criminal justice courses as a high school student, then completed my associate’s while working full-time. The ability to work and pay my way through college afforded me the opportunity to simultaneously gain my education as well as practical work experience.

A little about me … I served as a magistrate from 2005 to 2020 and as an adjunct BLET and Criminal Justice instructor for Isothermal Community College from 2009 to 2020 before taking my position here at WPCC.

I hold a Master of Public Administration (Criminal Justice Concentration) from the University of North Carolina – Pembroke; a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Lees-McRae College, and an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Isothermal Community College.

Some of my interests outside of the classroom include travel, yoga, being a junk food taste tester, and spoiling my German shepherd.

I look forward to talking with you more about our program here at WPCC!

Want to Know More?

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Our Location

Carr Hall,
1001 Burkemont
Morganton, NC 28655