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Contact Information

CTE Dean: Gerlinde Brady
Phone: 831.477.5672
Address: 6500 Soquel Dr
Aptos, CA 95003
CTE Coordinator: Leslie De Rose
Phone: 831.479.6560
Address: 6500 Soquel Dr
Aptos, CA 95003
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Public Services
Career Pathway

A public service is one that is provided by government to its citizens, either directly or through the financing of another entity to provide that service. Careers in public service are unique because they center on challenging issues that define the public agenda and involve the provision of vital services to the public—from local to international levels. Public service professions offer many career opportunities, including Public Safety, Emergency Response, and Legal Practices.

Departments & Programs

Department Programs Offered  
Public Safety (PS) Criminal Justice (CJ)
Fire Technology (FT)
Emergency Response
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Job Market

Typical Position Median Salary*
Probation Officer $49,360
Police Patrol Officer $58,320
Firefighter $58,353
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) $31,980
Fire Prevention Technician $84,600
Emergency Response Dispatcher $38,010

*Information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Employment Statistics for Santa Cruz County, 2014 First Quarter Wages.

Occupational & Career Information
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