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Public Safety

Our graduates are educated and trained in criminal justice, emergency medical services, and fire science to protect the communities they serve and save lives in emergency situations. The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and the Council on Accreditation Emergency Medical Services Program (CoAEMSP).

Students receive training in:

  • Corrections
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Fire Science
  • Law Enforcement
  • Public Safety Communication (9-1-1 Emergency Dispatch)

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Public safety is typically three different entities-- law enforcement, emergency medical services, and firefighter. Fire science is a combination of courses that allow a student to enter a career in firefighting. As a firefighting student, the students will be participating in use of ropes, ladders, fire hose, fire streams, and life safety issues, including actual live fire burn activities to prepare them for a career as a firefighter.

The majority of the municipalities that employ our graduates require students to have what we call a dual certification. That is a certification as a firefighter, as well as a certification as an emergency medical technician. Our overall pass rates on the EMT and paramedic certification exams are at or above state and national averages.

Well, another area you might want to consider is our criminal justice program. It's a really exciting area, high demand in the local economy. It offers a number of different programs. One is for our law enforcement officers. The other is the corrections officer. Then we have a crossover where people that have started in, let's say, the corrections officer can transfer over and become a law enforcement officer.

And our newest program, which we're very excited about because there's such a great demand, is the 911 operator. It's a perfect way to get your foot into law enforcement. And there's plenty of job openings right now in all three counties that we service.

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