Length: 2 years Credits: 3 per year (Social Studies Credit after two years)
The Criminal Justice Program is a two-year college preparatory program that meets for just over two hours per day, five days per week. The curriculum explores careers in Criminal Justice through classroom instruction, pertinent labs, field trips and job shadows. Units of study will include the history of law enforcement, the court system, juvenile law, ethics, criminal law, criminal procedures, interview and interrogation, criminal investigation and corrections. Practical experiences are provided to enhance classroom learning. Field trips, guest speakers and use of industry specific equipment and supplies are an integral part of the curriculum. Year two focuses on forensics and investigation, to include evidence identification, collection and analysis. Crime scene investigations involving guest experts and simulated crime scenes allow the students to study modern techniques and procedures in real world scenarios using actual equipment.
Students will have the opportunity to earn valuable certifications and college credit. Credentials may include Medical First Responder, Incident Command, CPR and AED, Boater Safety, Firearms and Hazardous Materials Awareness. Through curriculum instruction and activities students will develop college-level skills in critical thinking, writing, articulation, problem solving and use of the scientific method.
The career areas introduced in this program provide high wages, require high skills, have a growing job market and have a strong social need. There are numerous opportunities for post secondary education at colleges and universities throughout Vermont and the country.
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