Career Technical Education

Berrien County Career Technical Education

Criminal Justice

LMC Bertrand Cross (am) & Western Michigan Southwest Campus (pm)

7:50-10:10 am & 11:50-2:10 pm

GRADES: 11-12

Career Opportunities Include:                 
  • Police officer 
  • Practice of Law
  • Correctional Officer
  • Court Staff
  • Probation Officer
  • Parole Officer

This class will expose the student to college level criminal justice curriculum classes offered in conjunction with Lake Michigan College and directed at the advanced student. Introduction to Criminal Justice is the first class studying the agencies of social control that handle criminal offenders. The agencies include law enforcement, criminal courts, and corrections. The second class is Criminology. Criminology is the study of the origin, extent and nature of crime in society and studies different views of why individuals commit criminal acts as well as theories of crime causation, crime topologies, and the criminal justice system. Special issues are discussed and qualified students are assigned to agencies or departments as interns in the criminal justice system. Courses in CPR and Emergency First Aid are incorporated into this program of study. In addition to the academic setting, students participate in field trips and will experience guest lectures in each field of study. With the cooperation of the law enforcement community, students also receive hands on courses in basic crash reconstruction and crime scene investigations. This class gives excellent exposure to students that are interested in further knowledge of, or a career in, the criminal justice field. Students may obtain credit hours of direct credit for this course of study through Lake Michigan College.

EMT-Medic1

Berrien Springs Public Safety Building (Snow Rd)

11:50-2:10 pm

GRADES: 11-12

Career Opportunities Include:

  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Emergency Room Technician
  • Medical First Responder

Class Description

This program provides an opportunity to earn emergency medical technician and specialist certificates. Courses are college level and the student must earn a grade of "C" or better on all tests/homework, dress as required by clinics and complete 32 hours of clinical work with local ambulance service and hospitals (earned concurrently with class). Information and paperwork will be provided to register in the National Registry and to make reservations for the State examination.

Building Trades

Berrien Springs – Pole Building next to Blossomland Learning Center

7:50-10:10 am & 11:50-2:10 pm

GRADES: 11-12 

Career Opportunities Include:

  • Construction Laborer
  • Deck Builder
  • Electrician's Assistant
  • Plumber's Assistant
  • Roofer
  • Rough/Finish Carpenter
  • Siding Installer
  • Wallboard Hanger/Finisher

Class Description

The Construction Trades program prepares students with the skills necessary to work in the construction field building residential and light commercial buildings.

Content Areas

  • Hand and Power Tools
  • Masonry
  • Siding
  • Rough and Finish Carpentry
  • Roofing
  • Drywall
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing

Fire Fighting

Berrien Springs Public Safety Building (Snow Rd)

7:50-10:10 am

GRADES: 11-12

Class Description

Students enrolled in Fire Fighting I & II will become part of the Berrien Springs Oronoko Fire Department Cadet program. Cadets must be at least 16 years old and have a medical release form for emergency medical treatment. Cadets will be issued full personal protective equipment along with training manuals. This is a half-day program that includes more than 225 hours of state mandated training and testing. Students who successfully pass all written and authentic testing will become state certified in Fire Fighting I & II upon reaching their 18th birthday and membership in a fire department. This certification is valid for employment anywhere in the state of Michigan.

Content Areas

  • Equipment and Apparatus
  • Department Organization and Operations
  • Bleeding and Wound Care
  • Splinting Fractures
  • Patient Assessment
  • Extrication of a Patient; and Patient Assessment
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