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February 26, 2009
Contact: Jo Aragon
Event featured Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia as keynote speaker
HOUSTON – February 26, 2009 –On February 19, American InterContinental University Houston (AIU) hosted a post-Hurricane Ike grand re-opening and celebrated the launch of its new criminal justice program with a keynote address by Harris County Sherriff Adrian Garcia.
More than half of the AIU campus was destroyed by Hurricane Ike, and only two classrooms were left functional in its wake. Reconstruction began almost immediately to the 68,000 square foot facility and, on February 19, community leaders celebrated the grand re-opening with tours of the newly rebuilt classrooms, learning facilities and bookstore and entertainment by Westbury High School Jazz Band.
“After the hurricane, it was important for us to quickly rebound and come back stronger than ever,” said Stephen Malutich, president of AIU Houston. “With the launch of our Criminal Justice degree program, we look forward to continuing to provide our students with industry-relevant courses taught by faculty members who have real experience from the field. Today is a true community celebration.”
Garcia, the city’s first Hispanic sheriff and a veteran police officer, praised AIU for recovering so quickly from the hurricane and emphasized the importance of modern criminal justice education programs centered on technology.
“I’m hiring,” said Sherriff Garcia, noting that the opportunities in law enforcement and criminal justice are good, even in troubled economic times.
The new Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) degree program, with a concentration in general criminal justice, is designed to help students prepare for careers as a:
AIU offers a comprehensive approach to general criminal justice to help students acquire a deeper knowledge of the adult and juvenile justice processes, criminology, law enforcement, the court system and corrections. Courses include:
In addition to its criminal justice program, AIU Houston offers business degrees at the bachelor’s and master’s levels, as well as a bachelor’s degree in visual communication.
For more information about AIU Houston, visit www.houston.aiuniv.edu.
Founded in Europe in 1970, American InterContinental University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in programs such as business, IT, criminal justice and fashion design at U.S. campuses in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Houston, Weston, Fla.; an international campus in London; and an internet-based online campus headquartered in suburban Chicago. The award-winning AIU Online Virtual Campus was recognized as “Best of the Best” in the 2009 Computerworld Honors Program.
AIU is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. For more info visit www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org or call 312-263-0456.
AIU is a member of the Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO) network of universities, colleges and schools. For more info visit www.aiuniv.edu or http://www.aiuniv.edu/online-education.