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2023 - 2024 Catalog Year
Community and Public Services Specialist (Full-time)

Degree: One-year Technical Certificate
Division: Business and Public Services

This Sample Program Pathway is designed to provide an example of course selections in a term by term sequence. Please see an Academic Advisor for a plan specific to your academic needs.

Fall Semester (First Year)
Elective course signified by

Description: Overview of the criminal justice system and an analysis of the interdependence of its components, including legislative, law enforcement, prosecution, court and correctional systems. Examination of responsibilities of professionals in each of these systems, including ethical and legal responsibilities.

Prerequisites: DEV 0015

Description: Engage students in the process of building a personal portfolio that includes career and financial goals, a professional resume, job search process, a personal budget, a savings and investment plan and access to community resource information. This course will address the process of community re-entry from a personal, social and occupational perspective.

Description: Course provides 40 hours of chemical dependency specific educational content required for application for CDCA Preliminary credential with the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. Theories and fundamentals of addictive illness and physical/mental effects of psychoactive drugs. Dynamics of substance related and addictive disorders on persons, families and society. Knowledge of disease concept, stigmas, identification, assessment, trends in treatment and relapse process. Develop insights, challenge biases and identify personal and professional issues. Elements of professional/ethical behaviors. Note for certain criminal convictions, the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals (OCDP) Board takes into consideration Ohio Medicaid Rules that specify a period of time since conviction that must pass to obtain a National Provider Identification (NPI) number when determining whether a person can obtain a credential. Also per the OCDP Board, fifty percent (50%) of the Chemical Dependency education must have been completed within the two (2) year period immediately prior to filling out the application for certification.

Notes: MHT-1130 PSY-1100 OR SOC-1101

Prerequisites: DEV 0035

Description: Sociological explanation of the nature and scope of family violence: child abuse, spousal abuse, elder abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and emotional abuse. Analysis of social and legal implications; intervention and prevention will be explored.

Notes: SOC-2130 SOC-2205 OR CJS-1165

Prerequisites: SOC 1101


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Spring Semester (First Year)
Important message signified by

Description: The American business system and basic principles of the free market system. Includes introduction of business concepts, entrepreneurship, management, marketing, economics, accounting and other important business principles.

Notes: MAN-1107 MAN-2150 OR ENG-1131

Description: Examination and analysis of legal and ethical obligations of criminal justice professionals in law enforcement, corrections and the courts. Study and assessment of policy and actions of individuals and organizations within the criminal justice system regarding conformity to accepted ethical and legal standards.

Notes: CJS-2111 OR SOC-1145

Prerequisites: DEV 0035 and CJS 1101 or CIS 1107

Description: Survey of case management theories and approaches for criminal offenders. Understanding of intervention strategies for different types of offenders in institutional and community-based correctional programs.

Notes: Spring Only

Prerequisites: DEV 0035 and CJS 1101

Description: Examination of cultural differences and the handling of special needs population by the criminal justice system, including current trends in meeting community needs. Emphasis on development of the knowledge and skill sets required of the criminal justice professional to address the needs and issues of diverse clientele throughout the criminal justice process. Strategies for mediation, conflict resolution and critical incident management.

Prerequisites: DEV 0015 and CJS 1101


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Summer Semester (First Year)

Description: The American legal system as it relates to business transactions, including the judicial system and sources of law, legal procedures, torts, business ethics and social responsibility, contracts, property, employment law, agency, partnerships and corporations.

Notes: LAW-1101 OR SOC-2226

Description: Use word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software applications to create reports, spreadsheets, databases and presentations for business and other applications.


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This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances. View current catalog.