Criminal Justice

HS Credits for 2 Year Program:
Year 1 – 3.0 Elective Credits
Year 2 – 2.0 Elective Credits and 1.0 Social Studies Credit
VT Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements (PBGRs)​: BTC is currently in the process of
aligning PBGRs for Grade 11-12 Programs.
Industry Recognized Certifications: ​Boater Safety Certification, NIMS certifications

This program provides students with an introduction into careers in a variety of fields related to criminal justice, corrections, homeland security, juvenile justice, rehabilitation services and victim advocacy, and law. Units of study include: the history of law enforcement, the court system, juvenile law, ethics, criminal law, criminal procedures, interview and interrogation, defensive tactics, criminal investigation, corrections, forensics and investigation (to include evidence identification, collection and analysis). Field trips, guest speakers, and the use of industry-specific equipment and simulated crime scene investigations involving guest experts allow students to study modern techniques and procedures in real world scenarios using industry-standard equipment are some of the practical experiences provided that enhance classroom learning and are an integral part of the curriculum. Hands-on learning is an important part of the program, with students directly engaged in learning, preparing, practicing, and demonstrating their knowledge and skills in criminal justice and law.

Approximately 50% of students who complete this program go to successfully perform in college/university, and 40% enter the military and perform to exemplary standards.

Prerequisites/Recommended Skills:
Strong English skills required for extensive research, organization, and writing. Basic computer and software proficiency (Microsoft and Google products).

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