Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice students assessing mock crime scene.Photo of Criminal Justice student at Muskegon Fire Department.

Course Overview

Students serve alongside health care and first responders while participating in mock critical incident training, practice self-defense, learn to process a crime scene, and participate in a mock court trial. CPR, Certified Emergency Response Team (CERT), and Incident Command System (ICS) certifications in addition to English and college credit are available. Related careers include, but are not limited to, law enforcement, courts,  corrections, fire, EMT, and homeland security.

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College Credit

Students who successfully complete this course may receive articulated college credit to the following schools: Baker College, Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College, Kirtland Community College, Mid Michigan Community College, and Muskegon Community College. For information on how to earn articulated credit contact Lindsay Pulsipher at the CTC.

Students who successfully complete this course may earn direct credit to Muskegon Community College. Our direct credit webpage has a list of all participating classes.

Tour the classroom

Enjoy this tour of the Criminal Justice classroom featuring a large lecture area where students learn from guest speakers from law enforcement, fire, EMT, and the armed services. The far side of the room is left open to allow students space to practice handcuffing, take downs, crowd control, and physical fitness activities.


Instructor Bio

Instructor: Karen Reynolds
Bio: Mrs. Reynolds has a Master's Degree from Western Michigan University. She is also retired from the Wyoming Police Department. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking and spending time with her family and outdoors.

Parapro: John Holtz
Mr. Holtz is a graduate of North Muskegon High School. He went on to attend Muskegon Community College and then entered the Police Academy at Grand Valley State University. After the academy, he went on to earn his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. Mr. Holtz has served in several local police departments, but most recently retired from the Muskegon County Sheriff Department after 27 years of service there. In his free time, he enjoys music concerts, movies, hanging out with friends, and swimming in the summer.

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State of Michigan Curriculum Segments

  1. Organizational Structure
  2. Professional Standards including Ethics and Legal Responsibility
  3. Safety, Health, and Environment
  4. Public Safety Branches
  5. Law and Legal System
  6. Public Relations
  7. Career Development
  8. Workplace Technology
  9. Problem Solving/Investigations
  10. Leadership and Team Work
  11. Communications
  12. Applied Academics in Law and Public Safety




15 School Districts
16 Program Areas
16 Years in Operation
31 Educators
839 Students