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How to Become a Bailiff
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Welcome to the most complete directory on the Web of Bailiff programs. It contains all the nationally accredited programs, from 102 schools across the country.

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Are you interested in a criminal justice career that allows you to work in a courtroom setting and help trials run as smoothly as possible? If you're willing to work with a variety of people and learn the intricacies of your criminal justice system, becoming a bailiff may help you enjoy career satisfaction. Continue reading below to learn more about becoming a bailiff. If you are wanting to know specific information about programs online, or in your area, we can help with that as well. Simply use our search tools on this page to find the right criminal justice program for your career goals!

Bailiffs take on a number of job responsibilities, depending on the size of the courthouse they serve and the types of cases tried at their courthouse. They may maintain order in the courtroom by introducing the arrival of judges, swearing in witnesses and those being tried, and closing court. Bailiffs also tend to respond to security issues in the courtroom by limiting disturbances, escorting out those who threaten the safety of the courtroom, and making sure that those who enter the courtroom do not have weapons.

Bailiffs are considered law enforcement personnel, so this job does require quite a bit of training and education. You may be able to meet the hiring requirements of your local court system in several different ways. However, federal courts and larger local courts tend to have more restrictive hiring requirements than small court systems. Learn more about becoming a bailiff to discover if this is the right career path for you.

Education Requirements for Working as a Bailiff

If you have ever been to court, you know how much a bailiff is responsible for when court is in session. That's why there are such extensive requirements for bailiffs in many parts of the country! Of course, education and training requirements vary from place to place, so you may want to check out location-specific requirements if you know where you would like to work as a bailiff.

In some locations, particularly those with busy courtrooms or that see lots of high-profile cases, bailiffs need post-high school education. You may consider earning an Associate's degree or Bachelor's degree in criminal justice. This program can give you training in corrections, courtroom procedures, and legal procedures in your state. A Bachelor's degree in criminal justice, which takes four years rather than two years, may give you a more in-depth look at this career path. On-the-job training may be sufficient in some areas. For example, bailiffs in Ohio must attend the Peace Officer Training Academy. Rather than attending college courses for credit, this type of education gives you specific hands-on training in your job of choice. You may receive training in areas like firearm safety, human relations, courtroom procedures, and legal procedures.

To be accepted to a correctional or law enforcement academy, you must first meet the specifications of your county court. Many employers require that applicants not have any criminal history and that they be able to pass a thorough background check. You may also need to meet physical requirements, such as being able to stay on your feet for certain periods of time, being strong enough to intervene in courtroom conflicts, or being capable of lifting a specified amount of weight. Many employers have intensive testing processes that you must pass before you can even be considered for a bailiff position.

Career Outlook and Salary Potential for Bailiff

Though job openings for bailiffs may not be increasing quite as quickly as they are for other jobs, this career is still growing throughout the country. O*Net expects to see a 5% increase in bailiff job openings from 2012 to 2022, leading to several hundred new jobs per year during this time period. Bailiffs may also earn competitive salaries and get good benefits, since they are typically employed by the government. The average salary for a bailiff in the United States is $37,080 per year (O*Net, 2013). In New York, bailiffs earn an average of $63,700 per year (O*Net, 2013). O*Net reports that Illinois bailiffs earn an average salary of $27,500 annually.

You may also find specific salary information for your county or city, helping you decide whether to pursue this career path and where to work. For example, bailiffs that work for Maricopa County start at $12.75 per hour. Those who work for the Maryland Judiciary start at $16.32 per hour and get moved up to $17.35 per hour after receiving a Special Police Commission.

Making the Most Out of Your Career

As you prepare to start a career as a bailiff, you want to make sure that you're prepared for the schedule and demands of this job. Flexibility is important for bailiffs. While you may work a lot of regular hours during traditional business hours, you also need to be available in the event of court running late. If a trial runs into the evening hours, you may well be expected to stay until court has adjourned for the day.

Much of your time as a bailiff may be spent in the courtroom. When witnesses, defendants, and plaintiffs enter the courtroom, you may process them, get their fingerprints, and swear them in. Being observant can help you a lot when you're in the courtroom. It may help you see if someone is acting suspicious or if they may be a danger to others in the courtroom.

If you are already working in the criminal justice field and you're looking for a career that can allow you to explore more of the field, you may find it as a bailiff. Foster's Daily Democrat reports on Daniel Donovan, a police prosecutor who went on to become a court bailiff. If you want to use your people skills and your multitasking skills to serve the court system in your community, you may enjoy becoming a bailiff. Look into criminal justice schools in your area to get started. Good luck in your career!

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Alabama

Prince Institute (Montgomery, AL)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - CART/Captioning, Associate Degree - CART/Captioning (online), Associate Degree - Judicial Reporting, Associate Degree - Judicial Reporting (online), Associate Degree - Professional Transcription, Associate Degree - Professional Transcription (online), Certificate - Scoping/Proofreading (online)
Remington College (Mobile, AL)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associates
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Alaska

University of Alaska-Anchorage (Anchorage, AK)
Programs Offered:

Justice Bachelor of Arts
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Arizona

Fortis College (Phoenix, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
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Arkansas

Remington College (Little Rock, AR)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associates
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California

Brightwood College (Bakersfield, CA / Palm Springs, CA / San Diego, CA / Vista, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree Criminal Justice - Bakersfield, Associate Degree Criminal Justice - Palm Springs, CA, Associate Degree Criminal Justice - San Diego, CA, Associate Degree Criminal Justice - Vista, CA
Bryan University (Gold River, CA / Los Angeles, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associates in Court Reporting, Associates in Court Reporting (online)
Cerritos College (Norwalk, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Arts - Court Reporting and Captioning Careers, Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting - Beginning Realtime Captioner/Broadcast Captioning, Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting - CART Reporter/Realtime Captioner, Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting - Certified Realtime Reporter, Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting - Proofreader - Court Reporting Method, Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting - Realtime Rapid Text Entry, Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting - Scopist for Court Reporters, Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting/Computerized Shorthand, Certificate of Completion - Proofreader - Court Reporting Method, Certificate of Completion - Scopist for Court Reporters
Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center (Sacramento, CA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
College of Marin (Kentfield, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Court Reporting
Grossmont College (El Cajon, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Legal Systems / Court Management
Humphreys College (Stockton, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Arts - Court Reporting, Associate in Science - Court Reporting, Associate of Arts - Court Reporting, Associate of Science - Court Reporting, Bachelor of Science - Court Reporting - CSR (Online) (online), Bachelor of Science - Court Reporting, Bachelor of Science - Court Reporting (online), Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting
Sage College (Moreno Valley, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Diploma - Court Reporting
San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus (Calexico, CA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Interperting
Sierra College (Rocklin, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts/Associate of Science - Administration of Justice - Courts
Sierra Valley Business College (Fresno, CA)
Programs Offered:

Career Training - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
South Coast College (Orange, CA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
Taft College (Taft, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Court Reporting, Certificate of Achievement - Court Reporting
West Valley College (Saratoga, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Court Reporting, Certificate of Achievement - Court Reporting
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Colorado

Community College of Aurora (Aurora, CO)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Criminal Justice Court Services
Prince Institute (Westminster, CO)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - CART/Captioning, Associate Degree - CART/Captioning (online), Associate Degree - Court and Realtime Reporting, Associate Degree - Judicial Reporting (online), Associate Degree - Professional Transcription (online), Certificate - Scoping/Proofreading (online)
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Connecticut

GateWay Community College (New Haven, CT)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Real-time Reporting - Broadcast Captioning, Associate of Applied Science - Real-time Reporting - CART, Certificate of Completion - Real-time Reporting - Broadcast Captioning, Certificate of Completion - Real-time Reporting - CART
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Florida

ASA College (Hialeah, FL / Maimi, FL)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice- Associate in Science`
Atlantic Technical Center (Coconut Creek, FL)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
Keiser University (Clearwater, FL / Fort Lauderdale, FL / Lakeland, FL / New Port Richey, FL / Orlando, FL / Tampa, FL / West Palm Beach, FL)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice - Clearwater, Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice - Fort Lauderdale, Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice - Lakeland, Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice - New Port Richey, Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice - Orlando, Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice - Tampa, Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice - West Palm Beach, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice - Clearwater, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice - Lakeland, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice - New Port Richey, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice - Orlando, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice - Tampa, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice - West Palm Beach, Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies - Clearwater, Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies - Lakeland, Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies - New Port Richey, Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies - Orlando, Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies - Tampa, Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies - West Palm Beach, Bachelor of Science in Forensic Investigations - Orlando, Bachelor of Science in Forensic Investigations - West Palm Beach, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice - Clearwater, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice - Lakeland, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice - New Port Richey, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice - Orlando, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice - Tampa, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice - West Palm Beach
Key College (Dania Beach, FL)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting, Certificate - Real Time Court Reporting
Miami Dade College (Miami, FL)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Court Reporting Technology
Sheridan Technical Center (Hollywood, FL)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting / Legal Transcription, Certificate - Court Reporting/Legal Transcription
Southern Technical College (Online, FL)
Programs Offered:

A.S. - Criminal Justice (online)
Stenotype Institute (Jacksonville, FL)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
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Georgia

Brown College of Court Reporting (Atlanta, GA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting, Certificate and Associate of Applied Science Degree in Court Reporting-Stenography , Certificate in Court Reporting-Voice Writing
Iverson Institute (Atlanta, GA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
Miller-Motte Technical College (Columbus, GA / Macon, GA)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associate of Occupational Science
Shorter University (Rome, GA)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor Of Science / Arts In Criminal Justice (online)
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Hawaii

Remington College (Honolulu, HI)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associates, Criminal Justice- Bachelors
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Illinois

MacCormac College (Chicago, IL)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Court Reporting, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting
Midstate College (Peoria, IL)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Realtime Reporting
Prince Institute (Schaumburg, IL)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - CART/Captioning (online), Associate Degree - Judicial Reporting (online), Associate Degree - Professional Transcription (online), Certificate - Scoping/Proofreading (online)
South Suburban College (South Holland, IL)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology Basic, Certificate - Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology Machine Shorthand Secretarial, Certificate - Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology, Certificate - Court Reporting
Sparks College (Shelbyville, IL)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting (online)
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Indiana

Calumet College of St. Joseph (Whiting, IN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Probation, Parole and Courts, Bachelor of Science - Probation, Parole and Courts
College of Court Reporting Inc (Hobart, IN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting (online)
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Iowa

AIB College of Business (Des Moines, IA)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Court Reporting
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Kentucky

Daymar College (Bowling Green, KY)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associate, Criminal Justice - Diploma
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Louisiana

Bossier Parish Community College (Bossier City, LA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Legal Systems
Mid City College (Baton Rouge, LA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting (online)
Remington College (Lafayette, LA / Shreveport, LA)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associates, Criminal Justice - Bachelor
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Michigan

Academy of Court Reporting (Clawson, MI)
Programs Offered:

Career Training - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
Baker College (Auburn Hills, MI / Cadillac, MI / Clinton Township, MI / Flint, MI / Jackson, MI / Muskegon, MI / Port Huron, MI)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associate
Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
Programs Offered:

Masters in Criminal Justice - Specializations available in Judicial Administration and Security Management (online)
Oakland Community College (Bloomfield Hills, MI)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Court and Caption Reporting, Associate of Applied Science - Court and Caption Reporting, Certificate - Court and Caption Reporting
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Minnesota

Rasmussen College Online (Mankato, MN)
Programs Offered:

Paralegal Associate (online), Paralegal Certificate (online)
University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
Programs Offered:

B.A. - Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance
Walden University (Minneapolis, MN)
Programs Offered:

BS in Human Services - Courts and the Legal System (online)
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Mississippi

Hinds Community College (Raymond, MS)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting Technology, Certificate - Court Reporting Technology
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Missouri

Vatterott College (Saint Joseph, MO)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree Criminal Justice - Saint Joseph
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Nevada

Brightwood College (Las Vegas, NV)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree Criminal Justice - Las Vegas, NV
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New Hampshire

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New Jersey

Stenotech Career Institute (Fairfield, NJ / Piscataway, NJ)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Deposition and Court Reporting
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New York

Business Informatics Center Inc (Valley Stream, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Court Reporting
Long Island Business Institute (Flushing, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Court Reporting
New York Career Institute (New York, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Occupational Studies - Stenotype Court Reporter, Associate of Science - Stenotype Court Reporting, Certificate - Stenotype Hearing Reporting, Certificate - Stenotype Stenographer
SUNY-College of Technology at Alfred (Alfred, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
SUNY-Erie Community College (Buffalo, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting
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North Carolina

Catawba Valley Community College (Hickory, NC)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
ECPI University (Charlotte, NC / Raleigh, NC)
Programs Offered:

Bachelors in Criminal Justice - Charlotte, Bachelors in Criminal Justice - Raleigh
Miller-Motte College (Cary, NC)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associate of Applied Science (online), Criminal Justice - Bachelor of Science (online)
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Ohio

Academy of Court Reporting (Cleveland, OH / Columbus, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
Clark State Community College (Springfield, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Broadcast Captioning/CART, Certificate - Judicial Reporting Scopist
Cuyahoga Community College (Cleveland, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Business - Captioning and Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting Technologies
Daymar College (Columbus, OH)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associate
Miami Jacobs Career College (Columbus, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Court Reporting, Criminal Justice - Associate of Applied Business - Columbus, OH
Remington College (Cleveland, OH)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associates
Stautzenberger College (Maumee, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Business - Court Reporting, Associate of Arts in Business - Court Reporting
Stautzenberger College-Brecksville (Brecksville, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Business - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
The University of Findlay (Findlay, OH)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Legal Courts
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Oklahoma

Tulsa Tech (Tulsa, OK)
Programs Offered:

Career Training - Court Reporter
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Oregon

Sumner College (Portland, OR)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Court Reporting, Diploma - Court Reporting
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Pennsylvania

Academy of Court Reporting (Pittsburgh, PA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
Community College of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
Fortis College (Forty Fort, PA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
Harrisburg Area Community College (Harrisburg, PA)
Programs Offered:

Career Associate - Court & Realtime Reporting, Certificate - Court & Realtime Reporting
Luzerne County Community College (Nanticoke, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting/Captioning, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting
Orleans Technical Institute (Philadelphia, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
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South Carolina

Midlands Technical College (West Columbia, SC)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
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Tennessee

Daymar College (Clarksville, TN / Murfreesboro, TN / Nashville, TN)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Bachelor, Criminal Justice Associate, Criminal Justice Diploma, Criminal Justice- Diploma
Miller-Motte College Online (Chattanooga, TN)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Bachelor of Science (online)
Remington College (Nashville, TN)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associates
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Texas

Alvin Community College (Alvin, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting, Certificate - Scopist: Court Reporting
Arlington Career Institute (Grand Prairie, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting, Certificate - Stenograph Court Reporting
Brightwood College (Beaumont, TX / Laredo, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree Criminal Justice - Beaumont, Associate Degree Criminal Justice - Laredo, TX
Court Reporting Institute of St. Louis (Dallas, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting (online)
Del Mar College (Corpus Christi, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Court Reporting, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting
El Paso Community College (El Paso, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting
Iverson Institute (Arlington, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
Kilgore College (Kilgore, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting/Scopist, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting/Scopist, Certificate - Court Reporting
Kussad Institute of Court Reporting (Austin, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
Remington College (Fort Worth, TX / Garland, TX / North Houston (Greenspoint), TX)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associates, Criminal Justice - Bachelor, Criminal Justice - Bachelors, Criminal Justice- Bachelor
Vista College Online (Richardson, TX)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice Associate Degree (AAS) (online)
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Utah

Fortis College (Salt Lake City, UT)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
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Virginia

Fortis Institute (Virginia Beach, VA)
Programs Offered:

Career Training - Court Reporting
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Pennsylvania

McCann School of Business & Technology (Allentown, PA)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associate in Specialized Business - Allentown, PA