Let OCC Prepare You for Careers in Public Service
You don't have to be a Libra to be interested in the scales of justice. Just consider all the options open to a person interested in law enforcement or criminal justice.
Many positions in criminal justice require physical stamina, a clean background and a high tolerance for stress. But there are other options. If you're an accounting or computing whiz, the FBI might be interested in you. If you like working with kids, becoming a juvenile officer may give you the opportunity to make a difference in a young person's life.
For any of these careers, OCC's the perfect place to begin.
You can earn an associate degree in criminal justice at OCC then transfer into a four-year program to complete a bachelor's degree. After completing that four-year degree, you can select from a variety of interesting specialties and careers with the FBI, DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) and ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms).
Or you may want to consider OCC's Police Academy – one of 21 in the state. Police Academy training provides classroom learning of the law and crime, physical training, specialized driving instruction and firearms training. Graduates are qualified to become officers in city, county and state police departments. While some cadets who attend the Police Academy are sponsored by law enforcement agencies, many others are self-sponsored and begin their job searches after completing their training.
Fire Fighting Technology and Fire Academy
Maybe fire fighting is more your style. OCC offers an associate degree as well as a certificate program in Fire Fighting Technology. The College also has a Fire Academy that provides basic through advanced training for hundreds of public services personnel each year.
Emergency Medical Technology
If riding in an ambulance and saving lives is what turns you on, OCC can assist. The college offers an extended associate degree (73 credits) in Emergency Medical Technology (EMT), as well as basic, intermediate and advanced paramedic training for EMTs.
Emergency Services Technology
Since the events of September 11, many people have thought more about emergency preparedness. At OCC you can earn an associate degree in Emergency Services Technology that combines elements of the college's Law Enforcement, Fire Science and Emergency Medical Technology programs.