Public Safety

Chattahoochee Valley Community College, Department of Public Safety’s mission is to provide our students and emergency services agencies with education and training in all areas of public safety (Criminal Justice, EMS, and Fire Science) that will afford opportunities to earn Certificates and Associate of Applied Science degrees in Criminal Justice, Emergency Medical Services, and Fire Science. College credit is awarded for specific certifications in law enforcement, Emergency Medical Services, and the Fire Service.

Our website (cv.edu) will provide you with important information specific to each program. Instruction is offered in class and online by the best instructors in this region ensuring up to date material and firsthand experience. Students that prefer in class instruction have the opportunity to choose from very flexible class schedules. CVCC provides very reasonable tuition and fees as well as financial aid to those that qualify.

Many professionals in this region started their career at CVCC.

On September 21, 2015, CVCC and the Alabama Fire College entered into a partnership agreement that affords our fire science and emergency services students’ opportunities to earn both college credit and National Professional Fire and Emergency Service Pro-Board Certifications simultaneously. These certifications are at no additional cost to the students. This partnership  is unprecedented and affords our students opportunities to be competitive in the job market. It also enables current public safety professionals to enhance their opportunities for promotional advancement.

I hope that you will find this website to be informative and that it helps you select a public safety program best suited to your educational and career goals.

Thank you for taking time to visit our site. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or any of our public safety instructors.

Respectfully,

Kenneth D. Harrison, CTO


FIRE SCIENCE
Associate DegreeShort CertificateDegree Map 5 Semesters

The fire science A.A.S. degree program is designed for individuals employed as firefighters or individuals who are seeking employment in the fire protection industry.  Additionally, it prepares fire and emergency service personnel for advancement to leadership positions. Students may select fire science electives and/or emergency medical service electives such as EMT and/or Advanced EMT courses within this degree program. In addition to the A.A.S. degree CVCC offers Certificates in Fire Science, EMT, and AEMT. The degree can be completed within six (5) semesters and the certificate programs can be completed within one to two (2) semesters. The certificate courses can be applied toward the A.A.S. degree. Courses can be completed online or in traditional classroom formats.

 CVCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Tuition and fees are $160 per credit hour for Alabama and eligible Georgia residents, and $289 per credit hour for all other residents. The total cost for Alabama and eligible Georgia residents to complete the degree is $10,080, and $18,207 for all other residents. For information about scholarships and/or financial aid contact our Financial Aid Office at 334.291.4914 or contact Kenneth Harrison, Director of Public Safety Programs at or www.kenneth.harrison@cv.edu or 334.291.4963.

 CVCC/Alabama Fire College Partnership

CVCC and the Alabama Fire College have a partnership that affords students and fire and emergency service agencies with opportunities to earn both college credit toward the A.A.S. Degree in Fire Science, a Short Certificate in Fire Science, and national/state professional fire and emergency service certifications that meet Alabama Fire College standards and their accrediting agencies (such as International Fire Service Accreditation Congress, Pro-Board, and International Code Council). Additionally, the partnership allows CVCC to collaborate and offer through the Alabama Fire College professional development and continuing education opportunities for local and regional public safety agencies.

This program helps prepare students for career opportunities in fire and emergency service agencies, industry, and educational institutions to include:

• Firefighter                                          • Firefighter/EMT
• Fire Officer                                         • Fire and Life Safety Specialist
• Fire Inspector                                     • Fire Investigator
• Fire and Life Safety Educator            • Fire Instructor
• Emergency Medical Technician         • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician

 Program content focuses on fire service administration, command, control, and coordination of emergency incidents, fire suppression operations, fire prevention and education, building construction principles, fire inspections and code enforcement, and emergency medical services. Several courses within the program parallel certification courses offered through the Alabama Fire College. Upon successful completion of these courses and certification exams, students will receive national and/or state certifications. These certifications include: Fire Inspector I, Fire Officer I, Fire Department Safety Officer, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations, National Incident Management System, EMT license, and Advanced EMT license. Additionally, specific courses are eligible for dual enrollment with area high schools as determined by CVCC.

Credit Earned for Fire/EMS Certifications Held

Upon completion of twelve (12) credit hours of approved Fire Science/EMS courses at CVCC, students may be awarded credit for fire service/EMS certifications that meet relevant national standards as determined by the Director of Public Safety. A maximum of 17 hours of non-traditional credit may be awarded and applied toward graduation. Official certification of completion of approved Fire Academy work must be submitted to the Admissions Office. Certifications must be either an academic transcript from an accredited college, certificate of completion, or a letter on official letterhead from the Fire Academy.

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Criminal Justice Program
Associate DegreeShort CertificateDegree Map 5 Semesters

The criminal justice A.A.S. degree program is designed for students with an interest in a criminal justice field and law enforcement professions. It prepares students for a career as a law enforcement officer, corrections officer, investigator, court administrator, private security officer or customs agent. Graduates are employed with local, state and federal agencies or with private agencies. Students employed in related fields may use the program as a building block for career advancement or further education. Students gain knowledge of local, state and federal statues, civil liberties, policing, the justice system, ethics, constitutionalism and public safety issues. In addition to the A.A.S. degree CVCC offers a Certificate in Criminal Justice. The certificate program is designed to provide students with a specialized skill set to be competitive in the job market or to upgrade your skills for job advancement. The degree can be completed within six (5) semesters and the certificate program can be completed within three (3) semesters. The certificate courses can be applied toward the A.A.S. degree. Courses can be completed either online or in traditional classroom formats.

CVCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). We provide traditional classroom instruction, as well as, some online courses to serve students with varying personal schedules, interest, and needs. Tuition and fees is $160 per credit hour for Alabama and eligible Georgia residents and $289 per credit hour for all other residents. The total cost for Alabama and eligible Georgia residents to complete the degree is $10,080 and $18,207 for all other residents. For information about scholarships and/or financial aid contact our Financial Aid Office at 334.291.4914 or contact Kenneth Harrison, Director of Public Safety Programs at or www.kenneth.harrison@cv.edu or 334.291.4963.

Professional Development and Dual Enrollment

Professional development and continuing education opportunities for local and regional public safety agencies are available. Additionally, courses are eligible for dual enrollment with area high schools as determined by CVCC.

Credit Earned for Criminal Justice Certifications Held

Upon completion of twelve (12) hours of approved Criminal Justice courses at CVCC, students may be awarded credit for Criminal Justice certifications that meet relevant national standards as determined by the Criminal Justice Lead Instructor. A maximum of 17 hours of non-traditional credit may be awarded and applied toward graduation. Official certification of completion of approved State Law Enforcement/Corrections Academy work must be submitted to the Admissions Office. Certifications must be either an academic transcript from the State POST Academy/College, certificate of completion or a letter on official letterhead from the State Law Enforcement Academy/College.

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Emergency Medical Services
Advanced Short CertificateShort Certificate

CVCC offers Short Certificates in EMT and Advance EMT upon successful completion of program requirements. These EMS certificate programs are designed to provide you with specialized skill sets for immediate employment, to upgrade your skills for job advancement, or to earn a degree in Fire Science. The certificate programs can be completed within one to two semesters, and all of the certificate courses can be applied toward the A.A.S. degree in Fire Science.

CVCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). We provide traditional classroom instruction, as well as, some online courses to serve students with varying personal schedules, interest, and needs. Tuition and fees is $150 per credit hour for Alabama and eligible Georgia residents, and $267 per credit hour for all other residents. For information about scholarships and/or financial aid contact our Financial Aid Office at 334.291.4914 or contact Kenneth Harrison, Director of Public Safety Programs at or www.kenneth.harrison@cv.edu or 334.291.4963.

Examination Information

Students enrolled in EMS 118 EMT and EMS 155 AEMT must achieve an “above the passing standard” as defined by the testing software on each module of the six (6) AEMS Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) Competency exams (Airway, Cardiac, Trauma, Medical, OB/Peds and Operations) in order to successfully complete: EMS 119 EMT Clinical, and EMS 156 AEMT Clinical.   Students falling below the passing standards are required to retake the exam and remediate exam scores in areas of deficiency. Students may repeat the exam as often as needed. After successful completion of the six (6) CAT exams, students are eligible to take the comprehensive final exam.

Professional Development and Dual Enrollment

Professional development and continuing education opportunities for local and regional public safety agencies are available.   Also, courses are eligible for dual enrollment with area high schools.

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Kenneth HarrisonDirector, Public Safety & Fire Science Instructor
kenneth.harrison@cv.edu
Key Hall
334-291-4963
Mark Boisclair EMS Instructor
mark.boisclair@cv.edu
Key Hall
334-214-4872
Greg LawrenceEMS Instructor
greg.lawrence@cv.edu
Key Hall
334-291-4968
Gilbert SlouchickCriminal Justice Instructor
gilbert.slouchick@cv.edu
Key Hall
334-214-4806