The Administration of Justice program is designed to develop a student's understanding of the various operational functions within the criminal justice system. The educational emphasis is the examination of crime causation, functions of law enforcement, criminal court system, and corrections. Students majoring in this subject area can prepare themselves for careers in law enforcement, corrections, and security at both the operational and administrative levels.
All areas of Administration of Justice require that individuals possess the personal and physical qualities essential to effective peace officers. Many employment opportunities currently exist for individuals desiring entrance into law enforcement or related fields at various governmental levels. Security and corrections are fast-growing professions. Individuals interested in these professions should understand that the work is demanding, requiring a combination of training, education and experience along with mental and physical stamina.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is the beginning level for response personnel. Emergency Medical Technician is the minimum preparation required to work on an Ambulance, for a Fire Department and many other Public Safety positions. This course is also required for students desiring to become a Paramedic and/or Firefighter.
The Fire Technology Department at Victor Valley College provides training and educational opportunities for students to become eligible for employment as a part-time firefighter with a local agency, a seasonal firefighter with the United States Forest Service, a full-time firefighter with the California Department of Forestry, or a full-time firefighter with any municipal fire department in California and many states in the western United States.
Victor Valley College is accredited as a Regional Training Facility through the State Fire Marshal's office and offers accredited courses that meet the professional standards required by the California State Fire Marshal's Office. Students must complete each of these courses with a passing score of 70 percent or better, and in some cases 80 percent or better to earn certificates that many employers require for consideration for employment.
The program provides classes to students who are seeking an opportunity for a career in the fire service as well as career development for firefighters who are looking for advancement to company officer, fire prevention specialist and chief officer positions.
The department provides a series of classes that will give entry-level students the basic skills and abilities to pass the required employment examinations for a paid call firefighter position with any of the local agencies.
Several classes also prepare the student for entry into the Firefighter I Academy, and eight-week, 360-hour rigorous course of study that will, when successfully completed, earn the student a certificate from a certified training academy that they meet the professional standards for entry-level firefighters.