With an overall population of 7,568 and a student population of 1,660, approximately 1,660 of La Junta students attend one of La Junta's schools that offer criminal justice programs.
Otero Junior College is the largest criminal justice school in La Junta, based on student population. In 2010, approximately 23 students graduated from the Criminal Justice program at Otero Junior College.
In 2010, 23 students graduated with a criminal justice certificate from one of La Junta's criminal justice schools. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $14,446 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all La Junta criminal justice schools was an average of $17,247 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $1,749 for criminal justice related books and supplies each year. And if you live on campus at one of the La Junta-based criminal justice schools, you will have an added expense of $4,994 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $13,315.
After graduating with your credentials in criminal justice, if you decide to work as a criminal justice professional in La Junta, your job prospects are good. There were 8,190 criminal justice professionals working in Colorado and 1,740 working in the greater La Junta area in 2010. The government projects that the number of criminal justice professionals in La Junta will increase by 28% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for criminal justice professionals.