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NCMC Online Criminal Justice Program Ranks Second in the Nation


November 11, 2021

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The North Central Missouri College Online Associate’s in Criminal Justice program has ranked #2 in the nation by The Best Schools. The Best Schools recently ranked 10 colleges in the nation for the best online criminal justice programs based on academics, affordability, and accessibility to online enrollment. To learn more about this rank, visit

“We are honored to earn this recognition, said Mitch Holder, NCMC Dean of Instruction. “The Criminal Justice program plays an important role in developing knowledge and skill training for students entering law enforcement related careers. NCMC places emphasis on access to our college degrees for students who may be attending school while working and other responsibilities, which is why our online degrees are developed with such care and consideration.”

The Best Schools uses data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) as well as The Best Schools Academic Advisory Board feedback. The Best Schools uses this data to rank schools on academics (75%), affordability (15%), and online enrollment (10%). To learn more about the methodology visit

“I am so grateful for this recognition,” said Jenna Vandel, NCMC Criminal Justice Instructor. “Providing quality education to online students has been a big priority of the Criminal Justice program. Our online Criminal Justice degree offers the same level of education as in the classroom while still retaining individualized attention. The online Criminal Justice degree is ideal for those working in the field or those already balancing a home and work life. Often individuals working in or toward a career in criminal justice are not on a typical 9-5 schedule. That’s why this online program is so important; we can provide the classroom to students when they are ready for it.”

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To learn more about the NCMC online Criminal Justice program, visit or contact Criminal Justice Instructor Jenna Vandel at (660) 359-3948.