Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Criminal JusticeCriminal Justice

Instructor: John Lacey
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The Criminal Justice program introduces students to a broad range of career opportunities in the Criminal Justice field, exposing them to the latest laws and technologies. Students will also look at real world news and cases to help understand the field of criminal justice and how it works. Graduates are well prepared to continue their studies at a two- or four-year college or enter careers in law enforcement, homeland security, and law.

To view our Program of Study, Syllabus, and other important documents, please click on the 'documents' box to the left.

While covering a full curriculum of content specific to this trade, students will be trained and assessed in accordance with Proficiency Based Graduation Requirements (PBGRs). For more information on Proficiency Based Learning, visit the VT Agency of Education’s website at:

Career opportunities include:

State Law Enforcement
Federal Law Enforcement
Crime Scene Technicians
Polygraph Examiners
Security Consultants
Court Officer
Homeland Security

Average salaries in the criminal justice field:

Police Officer - $61,000
Security Officer - $42,800
Border Patrol Agent - $70,000
Crime Scene Technician - $55,600
Crime Scene Investigator - $43,300
Court Officer - $44,500
Paralegal - $53,900

Community Partners / Employers:

VT State Police
VT Air National Guard
VT Fish and Wildlife
VT Homeland Security Unit
Orange County Sheriff’s Department
VT Law School
Norwich University

College Credit and Industry Certifications:

Students can earn up to six college credits at any Vermont State College. The program is also working to establish a dual enrollment course in Criminal Justice.
Students will also receive training in, and an Industry Recognized Certification in Basic Life Saving (CPR+), Alive at 25 (driving class), FEMA Active Shooter Training, Wilderness First Aid (WFA).

Interests and Attitudes:

Students should possess an interest in careers related to law enforcement, emergency services, law, and criminal justice; a desire to earn certifications such as First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician (Basic), Incident Command, CPR, and First Aid and Hazardous Materials Awareness; an ability 
to think independently; a commitment to take responsibility for themselves; a readiness to learn in a mature, respectful environment; and a willingness to participate in rigorous, outdoor activity.