Carson City Sheriff’s academy offers student-centered approach
Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong and the sheriff’s office are paving the way for work-based learning experiences for 22 local high school students through a 10-week law enforcement academy as part of senior project graduation requirements.
Work-Based Learning (WBL) is a statutory mandate for all schools under NRS 389.167. This educational strategy is designed to create opportunities for students to connect classroom learning to authentic business and industry experiences. The WBL continuum includes Career Exploration, Preparation and Training. This strategy has been in effect in the Carson City School District for many years and in many capacities.
“We are continually working on creating new opportunities for our students and strengthening ties between business, governmental agencies, educational institutions and the Carson City School District,” said Yette De Luca, district work-based learning coordinator. “Our ultimate goal is preparing students for the workforce.”
Furlong is a believer of the continuum and created the academy, designed to introduce students to different law enforcement departments and positions. Parole and Probation, tours of the jail, SWAT, dispatch, Juvenile Probation and the K-9 Unit are just some topics and areas explored. The academy serves two major purposes for students: it provides career exploration opportunities and fulfills a graduation requirement for Carson High School seniors.
Eighteen Carson High School seniors are completing their senior project graduation requirement with the 2019 High School Senior Academy. A total of 22 students are attending the academy from both Carson and Pioneer high schools. This year will mark the third annual High School Sheriff’s Academy.
“Students are excited to meet every Wednesday evening to see officers in action,” De Luca said. “During week four, students learned from the elite SWAT team, which provided real-life tactical encounters to include dealing with an active shooter.”
The sheriff’s vision for this academy highlights his mission of building a partnership of trust and respect within the community and enhancing the quality of life in Carson City. Senior Projects are due March 12. Portfolio reviews begin March 25 through April 6, and presentations will be April 8.