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We want to highlight the impactful work that the FBI does to students who might have an interest in joining the FBI later, and coach them on what it takes to be an FBI agent or support staff later on in their life.

Ryan Demmon
Supervisory Special Agent, FBI/Fresno

Overview

Pathways in the Public Services sector prepare graduates to work in public service as firefighters, lawyers, judges, criminal investigators, and more.

Students may have the opportunity to receive college credit and industry recognized certifications as well as participate in paid and unpaid internships.

Public Services

Sample Public Service Courses

Students will learn the history, purpose, and structure of the criminal justice system as well as the major issues facing criminal justice today. Students will gain practical experience in the area of law enforcement communications, arrest and patrol strategies, fundamentals of report writing, victimology, as well as learn procedures regarding police and the Constitution. The curriculum for this course includes very important 21st century job skills, such as effective communication, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration.

Criminal Justice and Law provides students with an overview of the criminal and juvenile justice systems. Throughout the course, they explore the meaning of crime and justice, and the relationship between criminal justice and social justice. Students learn how and why the criminal justice system functions. Students also learn about advocacy and policy by researching how individuals and groups, including young people, can take action to reform our legal system.

This course covers the philosophy and history of fire protection; review of municipal fire defenses; rural fire defenses; urban interface fire defenses; watershed fire defenses; examination of the organization and function of Federal, State, County, and private protection agencies; and survey of professional fire protection career opportunities. Students will also explore the science of fire with practical applications from the firefighting service industry.

This course introduces students to the United States Forest Service and prepares those students with basic firefighting and conservation entry-level skills. Classroom instruction, demonstration, and hands-on field application will be given in basic firefighting, standards for survival, engine and pump operations, backfiring methods, equipment use and operations, map and compass use, air operations, basic hand tool sharpening and use, fireline construction, and forest conservation.

The Forensic Science course is designed to develop an awareness of the various components of criminal investigation. The emphasis is placed on the development of attitudes, skills, and competencies related to criminal investigation. This course introduces the student to the study of criminal investigative techniques and analysis. The focus throughout the course will be collection, protection, and preservation of evidence as it relates to the investigative process. Throughout this course, writing and technology will be emphasized.

Leadership in Law & Social Justice is the senior level capstone for the Law & Social Justice Linked Learning pathway. This course will focus on the development of skills and competencies that will allow students to maximize their options toward pursuing a career in legal services – whether that route is direct employment or postsecondary education or training.

In this course, students will design and implement public service experiences aligned to their interests, knowledge, and the skills they have gained in their career pathway courses as well as their visions for future education while applying higher levels of English Language Arts (ELA) skills. This is a capstone course.

This academic elective course is intended to empower students as effective advocates and enhance their understanding of past and present social justice issues in the United States and how they might best advocate for the positive change they seek. This yearlong course will examine a variety of social justice issues and how advocates have sought to achieve positive social justice outcomes across a variety of fields and through a variety of methods.

This course will expose students to the career readiness skills needed for a successful internship and prepare them for the world of work. An internship is a work-based learning experience that provides students the opportunity to apply their technical and academic skills in a professional setting. Students will develop and practice an understanding of the duties and responsibilities of high-skilled career areas, including terminology, climate, protocol, and other information that will enable them to analyze and revise their meaningful future plans. This course will expose students to the career readiness skills needed for a successful internship and prepare them for the world of work. The internship is supported with activities and assignments to deepen and enhance the experience. The structure of the internship aligns with local policy and program expectations for internships.

This course will expose students to the career readiness skills needed for a successful internship and prepare them for the world of work. An internship is a work-based learning experience that provides students the opportunity to apply their technical and academic skills in a professional setting. Students will develop and practice an understanding of the duties and responsibilities of high-skilled career areas, including terminology, climate, protocol, and other information that will enable them to analyze and revise their meaningful future plans. This course will expose students to the career readiness skills needed for a successful internship and prepare them for the world of work. The internship is supported with activities and assignments to deepen and enhance the experience. The structure of the internship aligns with local policy and program expectations for internships.

Note: Course availability varies by school and program.

CART Labs

CART is a college and career prep, half-day program for juniors and seniors in Clovis and Fresno Unified School Districts. Labs offer hands-on and industry standard methods for students to investigate and acquire a variety of skills. CART offers two labs in the Public Services sector.

Forensic Research and Biotechnology Lab

Students use hands-on, investigative science techniques to solve intriguing problems connected to crime and the law. Interactive physical evidence simulations include topics such as: DNA/biotechnology, fingerprinting, ballistics, and scene reconstruction.

Law and Order and Policy Lab

Students study the major aspects of constitutional, criminal, and civil law. Projects teach students about their individual rights, criminal procedure, how laws are made, and how to make a legal argument. Students learn how to research and discuss current and historical controversial issues relating to the law. All students have the opportunity to participate in mock trials and field trips to local and federal courthouses and law firms.

Examples of Public Service Careers

OccupationEducation LevelMedian Annual Earnings in CA
Detective and Criminal InvestigatorHigh school diploma or equivalent$105,900
Fire Inspector and InvestigatorPostsecondary non-degree award$104,800
FirefighterPostsecondary non-degree award$79,800
Judge, Magistrate Judge, and MagistrateDoctoral or professional degree$206,400
LawyerDoctoral or professional degree$162,020
Paralegal and Legal AssistantAssociate's degree$61,520
Police and Sheriff's Patrol OfficerHigh school diploma or equivalent$111,300

Source: US Dept of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics for California

Public Service Pathways and Programs

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