Public Safety Pathway


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Public Safety


Public safety involves the prevention and reaction to any emergency that may threaten individual citizens.  Occupations in this field include police officer, EMS personnel, and firefighters.  


Public safety involves managing public and environmental safety workers, anticipating public safety hazards and working to prevent them. There are a variety of career opportunities in many different industries, including government, public or non-profit organizations at the local, state or federal levels. 


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Administration of Justice

The Administration of Justice AAS program is designed to prepare students to enter the workforce in the criminal justice arena. This program teaches students specific knowledge and skills, which will assist in securing employment in a wide variety of law enforcement and corrections/juvenile detention positions.

Possible Careers:

Police Patrol Officer: AZ $68,010 US $61,380
Detectives and Investigators: $AZ 81,800 US $81,920
Police and Detective Supervisors: AZ $92,030

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Fire Science

Designed to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) to enter the Fire Service. Successful completion of the program also provides the student with an opportunity to obtain Arizona state certifications for Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations and Fire Fighter I and II along with National Wildfire Coordinating Group certificates for: S-130, S-190, L-180, I-CS-100, and IS-700.

Possible Careers:

Firefighter: AZ 45,840 | US $49,620

Fire Inspector: AZ $67,740 | US $62,510

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Detention Academy

The Coconino Community College Basic Detention Academy is designed to provide entry level training to detention/corrections officer staff, meeting Arizona Detention Association standards.


Possible Careers:

Correction Officer: AZ $43,760 | US $44,330

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EMT & Paramedic

Designed to prepare students to enter the paramedic profession by providing them with the knowledge and skills which can be used to enter the paramedic field.


Possible Careers:

Emergency Medical Technician: AZ $36,200 | US $36,650

Paramedics: AZ $34,840 | US $36,650

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Transfer Degrees

Intended for students who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate program. These degrees provide a foundation of general education, along with courses chosen to help fulfill lower-division baccalaureate requirements. Students should work with a transfer advisor to ensure all course requirements are met before transferring.


Administration of Justice Transfer Guide
Health Services - Paramedic Care Transfer Guide

AA degrees and certificates emphasize in humanities/social sciences, including a foreign language. AS degrees and certificates emphasize in math/science. AAS degrees and certificates are intended prepare students for employment

Arizona median salaries are obtained from the Arizona Career Information System (AZCIS). Navigate to the career choice by OCCUPATIONS (Hover)/Career Clusters/Titles Index/Desired Career. National median salaries are obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).


Pathway Faculty & Student Testimonials


Public Safety Faculty

Marc Goldberg

Fire Sciences Program Coordinator/Instructor
P:  928-526-7645
Office:  4th Street - C34
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Dave Manning

Emergency Medical Services Program Coordinator/Instructor
P: 928-526-7680
Office:  4th Street - C34
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David Ramos

Administration of Justice
P: 928-226-4245
Office: Lone Tree - 423
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Student Testimonials

“They knew what I was meant for before I knew. That’s the cool part of CCC. They get to know you really well as a person.”

Danielle Pastor, flight paramedic for AeroCare and CCC alum

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“CCC has really great instructors. They’re experienced in the courses they teach and instruct you to improve on your skills so you are successful. They are not large class sizes. It feels like a small group …”

Faith Aguirre
, EMT for Guardian Medical Transport and current CCC paramedicine student


“What I enjoy most about the job is the comradery among my peers. Every day is something different … challenging scenarios that we have to deal with. You don’t know what you’re going to encounter from day to day.”

Michael Greenwalt, former Flagstaff Fire Department captain and new Battalion Chief for Highlands Fire District and CCC alum

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“What really attracted me was serving my community – in Flagstaff. I was born and raised here, so I want to give back … One of the hardest parts was keeping up with the boys physically. I’m a hard worker, so I could stay with them.” 

Hanna Duval, CCC Fire Science student


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