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Program Description

A wide variety of practical learning experiences and related classroom activities help prepare students for careers in public safety and protective services.  In addition to careers in the security field, the Public Safety Program prepares students to take the Ohio Firefighter I Certification test and the National Registry Exam for EMT certification.  Students have the opportunity to earn several additional professional certifications during this two-year course of study.

Program of Study

Junior Year Courses

Lab: 3 Credits

  • Foundations of Firefighting and Emergency Medical Services (170342)
  • Homeland Security Protecting Americas Critical Infrastructure (170916)
  • Police Work and Practice in Public Safety (170913)

English: 1 Credit

Math: 1 Credit

Science: 1 Credit

Elective: 1 Credit


Senior Year Courses

Lab: 3 Credits

  • Firefighter I (170343)
  • Emergency Medical Technician (170345)

English: 1 Credit

Civics/Government: 1 Credit

Science: 1 Credit

Math: 1 Credit

Elective: 1 Credit

Electives are subject to availability and schedule. Not all electives are available every semester. Past elective options have included the following classes:

Accounting, Financial Literacy, Communications, Public Speaking, Entrepreneurship, Forensics, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Vertibrate Zoology, Psychology, Sociology, Military History, Modern Social Issues, Practical Computer Applications, Exploration of Literature, Literature and Popular Music Literature and Films, Computer as a Writing Tool, Health, Healthy Safe Foods, Adult Living, Employability Skills, College 101, Study Skills. 

Math Options: Tech Math 330, Tech Math 121, Tech Math 122.

Course descriptions are available online.

Industry Certifications

College Credit

Agreements with many colleges/universities help students, who meet established criteria, earn college credit for courses taken at the Lorain County JVS.  These credits can be transferred to the respective institution. 

Math, English, Social Studies and other courses that offer dual high school and college credits are also offered on the JVS campus through partnerships with Lorain County Community College and Oberlin College. A comprehensive list of all college credit options available to students is posted on the JVS website.

Student Organizations

Students are encouraged to become involved with the career-technical student organizations related to their programs, such as Skills USA. These organizations help develop leadership skills, cooperation, social interactions, and good citizenship. All members have opportunities to participate in regional, state, and national competitions to showcase their skills and earn college scholarships. Students who excel academically and have a commitment to community service may become a member of the National-Technical Honor Society.

Employment Resources

Strong partnerships between the JVS and business and industry help students gain work experience through work-based learning experiences, the JVS Summer Internship Program, and senior early job placement. The JVS is committed to helping successful graduates find employment in their career field. A detailed explanation of the student eligibility requirements for these experiences is included in the student handbook.

The JVS maintains an online job board to help connect students and alumni to local employment opportunities. The JVS website also hosts links to online resources for labor market data, as well as statewide and national career information. 

Teacher Information

David Schnitker

Dept: High School
Phone: (440) 774-1051 x22310
Email: Click here to send a message

Program Highlights

  • First Aid and CPR
  • Patient Care
  • Ambulance Transport
  • Pre-hospital Care
  • Injury Assessment
  • Fire Science & Protection
  • Live fire exercises
  • Rescue simulations
  • Critical Incident Management
  • Intelligence Gathering
  • Crime Prevention
  • Self-defense
  • Surveillance
  • Public Safety Telecommunications
  • Crowd and Traffic Control
  • Fitness, Flexibility and Strength Training

Career Pathways

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Firefighter
  • Private Security Officer
  • Dispatcher/Telecommunicator

With Additional Training

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Fire Inspector
  • Paramedic
  • Homeland Security Officer