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Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Rev: Feb. 10, 2023


Albuquerque Police Department (APD) Police Service Aide Program
APD logo


Grades:  10-12 (11th & 12th have first priority)
Must be on track to graduate.

PSA classThe Career Enrichment Center has formed a partnership with the Albuquerque Police Department, which allows students to undergo Police Service Aide (PSA) training while still in high school.  Once accepted, students will be expected to participate fully in all aspects of training, both physical and academic. Good attendance is mandatory. This program is targeted to individuals seriously interested in learning about what it takes to be a law enforcement officer. The program will provide each student with the classroom knowledge and practical skills necessary to perform the duties of a PSA. Areas of study include: the criminal justice system, general law, patrol, and traffic investigations. Additionally, students will participate in a physical fitness training program. Students will receive hands-on experience in traffic control, report writing, and role-playing activities similar to those used to train cadets in the Albuquerque Police Academy.

Days Course Length Credit Information
Session IIIB
Tu & Th
Full year 1.0 elective (ACE) credit per semester

This class will be taught by certified Police Academy instructors. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be recommended for the PSA selection process. PSA responsibilities consist of enforcing parking laws, investigating misdemeanor offenses, and assisting officers on patrol with traffic accidents.  PSAs patrol their assigned area commands in marked city vehicles equipped with emergency equipment and police radios.

Instructor:  John D. Maes  •  •  Office Ph: (505) 343-5006

PSA students PSA training

This is how the class listing will appear in your StudentVUE schedule:
PSA schedule

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
EMT logo Grades: 12
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA recommended
  • Two years of a laboratory science with a grade of C or better


  • Student must be 17 years of age by the first day of class in August 2023.
  • Students will take FISDAR EMT Entrance Assessment after receiving acceptance letter from CEC. Dates TBD.
  • Students are required complete initial course paperwork within one week of the start of the class; this may require parent/guardian signature.
  • Students are required to attend class sessions, and cannot miss more than 12 hours of class each semester.

Other Information:  Upon successful completion of this course and prior to employment you must pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification exam. The individual will then apply for a New Mexico Emergency Medical Technician-Basic license. This class may fulfill the graduation requirement for a Dual Credit class if UNM continues supporting this program, but it is NOT guaranteed and students must meet requirements to be eligible to apply for UNM credit by the 2nd semester of the class.

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians website
New Mexico Emergency Medical Systems Bureau website

Session / Days / Times Course Length Credit Information
Session IA
M, Tu & Th
M- 7:30-8:50 am and
Tu&Th- 7:30-9:50 am
Full Year Semester 1:  1.0 elective credit
Semester 2:  10 UNM college credits (3.33 APS elective credits)
Session II
12:30-1:50 pm
Full Year Semester 1:  1.0 elective credit
Semester 2:  10 UNM college credits (3.33 APS elective credits)
Session III
2:30-3:50 pm
Full Year Semester 1:  1.0 elective credit
Semester 2:  10 UNM college credits (3.33 APS elective credits)

CEC EMT Fee Schedule

Required Class Fee:
Fee for UNM - EMS Academy EMT Coursework:
This is a department administration fee not a UNM admissions fee. This fee includes but is not limited in covering curriculum and administrative support such as clinical books, personnel, needle-stick insurance, course curriculum and materials.  Due by end of first six-week grading period.
*Students may be enrolled in UNM and will receive 10 college credits: EMS 113 (8 Credits–Lecture) and EMS 142 (2 Credits–Lab) applicable towards a Bachelor Degree at UNM. New Mexico licensure is required for degree admissions.
Additional Fees:
NREMT* – National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians – EMT: certification exam (optional)
NM EMT* – New Mexico Emergency Medical Technician – Basic: initial Licensure fees (optional)
Class uniform - T-shirt with UNM EMS logo - approx. $12.00 (short sleeves)
Please contact CEC Administration if there are concerns or financial difficulties with paying the fees. A payment plan can be set up or assistance can be given.

*NREMT and NM EMT fees are listed but are not required unless student is planning on getting certified. These fees are incurred after students finish the program.  Student must make arrangements with the testing centers:   the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and the NM Emergency Medical Systems Bureau.

Fire Science

firefighter gearGrades: 11-12
Prerequisites: Reading & Writing Skills 2 + Math Skills 2 (Proficiency requirements can be met through Accuplacer scores - see CNM website for details)

CEC’s Fire Science program offers students two foundational courses which upon successful completion of courses and assessments, lead to fire science national certifications. Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations certification serves as a prerequisite to completing Firefighting I/II, the basic certification for structural firefighting. The Wildland Firefighting certifications serve as a prerequisite for students to earn their Red Card, on their path to becoming a Hot Shot. If students are interested in a career as a firefighter in New Mexico, Albuquerque Fire Rescuetaking these two courses may provide students preference in being accepted into Albuquerque Fire Rescue (AFR), an all-hazards fire agency.

Fire Science is a year-long course consisting of two CNM classes;

Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations (FS 1820): Designed to train the student to the Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations Level as outlined in: NFPA 472 Standard for Competence of Responders to hazardous materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents. NFPA 1072 Standard for Personnel Professional Qualification, and OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120. Students have the opportunity to test for IFSAC Certification

Wildland Firefighting (FS 1504): Students will gain knowledge in wildland fire standards, techniques and suppression methods associated with various fuel types, weather and topography, as well as fire line references and the techniques associated with wildland structural defense. Students will gain a working knowledge of fire behavior and fire control techniques needed to carry out wildland fire tasks. Successful students receive S-130, S-190, I-100, and L-180 certificates recognized by the National Wildfire Coordination Group (NWCG).  

Days Course Length Credit Information
Session IIIA
M & W
Full year 1.0 APS elective credits + 3.0 College Credits per semester
(Fall - CNM Dual Credit FS 1820 - Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations)
(Spring - CNM Dual Credit FS 1504 - Wildland Firefighting)

fire science