Haywood Community College’s Criminal Justice Club recently donated $400 to the Star Rescue Ranch in Waynesville. The Ranch is a non-profit animal rescue facility where animals can live until they are adopted.  The ranch is designed especially for hoofed animals that may require extra space but often the animals housed there include cats and dogs.

The HCC Criminal Justice Club’s main purpose is service oriented facilitating activities geared toward raising funds.  The funds are used to buy thanksgiving dinners for needy families, gifts for children at Christmas and any other community oriented activities in need of assistance. At the end of each school year, the funds remaining in the club are donated to a non-profit agency in Haywood County. Some of the past gifts were donated to KARE, REACH, and Families for Roadside Assistance. All agencies have some type of affiliation with the Criminal Justice System.

According to Barbara Wolfe, advisor of the HCC Criminal Justice Club, students who are in this field should interact and be familiar with the different community organizations and the needs of those organizations, providing a fun learning experience as well as a fulfilling environment.

HCC offers a two year associate criminal justice degree or a Criminal Justice Alliance program where a student studies for three years at HCC and finishes the last year of study at Western Carolina University to earn a Bachelor’s degree. Classes for Criminal Justice are offered in the traditional class setting or online.

For more information about Haywood Community College’s Criminal Justice degree programs, please contact Barbara Wolfe at 828-627-3615 or bwolfe@haywood.edu.