• Criminal Science

  • Career & Technical Education offers Criminal Justice classes that offers an opportunity for students to learn skills and explore careers in the field of Criminal Justice.  Criminal Justice classes provide students with the background knowledge needed to be successful as they prepare beyond high school to pursue a Criminal Justice degree.  The in-depth content of the criminal justice system provided in these classes will help facilitate the needs for employment in one of the fastest growing areas today.  Occupations in this field include police and detectives, correctional officers, EMTs (emergency medical technician), FBI agents, firefighters, private investigators, probation officers, security officers, and surveillance officers.  Criminal Justice provides jobs in all levels of government: local, state, and federal.

  • Job Outlook

    Employmentof law enforcement jobs is expected to grow by seven percent from 2010—2012.  There is a continual demand for public safety which will lead to new openings for officers in the local departments.

    The 2010 Median Pay:

    Police:    $55,010 per year or $26.45 per hour

    EMT: $30,360 per year or $14.60 per hour

    Firefighter: $45,250 per year or $21.76 per hour


    Local and State Law Enforcement

    Federal Law Enforcement

    • Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • US Secret Service
    • Drug Enforcement Administration
    • US Marshals Service
    • US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
    • US Customs and Border Protection
    • US Department of Homeland Security


  • Student examining evidence Students practicing techniques in classroom

    Students collecting evidence outdoors

  • Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

    (grades 11-12)

    Are you interested in pursuing a profession in law enforcement, security, corrections, or fire and emergency management services?  Sign up for this course and begin exploring the many opportunities in theses fields.  Students will examine:

    • Police responsibilities and roles
    • The justice system
    • Private Security
    • Fire and Emergency Services

  • Law Enforcement I & II

    (grades 11-12)

    If you are fascinated with law and the role of law enforcement , you will find this the perfect course to give you an overview of the functions of the many exciting professions in this area.  Students will participate in the role play of the following duties:

    • Field Sobriety Tests
    • Handcuffing & Arrests
    • Mock Trials
    • Basic Crime Scene Investigation
    • Fingerprinting

  • Forensic Science

    (grades 11-12)

    Successful completion of both semesters of this course will satisfy a science credit.

    Do you like CSI?  Forensic Science will provide opportunities to learn the scientific approach to the investigation of crimes and the psychology of criminal behavior.  This course will give students laboratory experience that includes the following:

    • Fingerprint analysis
    • Ballistics
    • Blood spatter analysis
    • Collecting and analyzing crime scene evidence
    • Chromatography
    • Forensic Photography

  • Courses may not be offered on all campuses. Check with the campus counseling department.