Congratulations to Linda Alvarez, Business instructor at the Windham Regional Career Center for being selected as Southern Vermont’s Remarkable Woman 2022.

Protective Services – Criminal Justice

Level I

This program is for students considering a career in the criminal justice (CJ) field. It offers a wide variety of experiences and exposure to many exciting professions. These include police, probation, corrections, game wardens, attorneys, judges, EMS, detectives, and crime scene investigators. This course will give a sampling of a full criminal justice program allowing the student to decide which career paths they may wish to pursue. Numerous guest speakers will provide an interesting introduction to unique subjects. Students wishing to enter the CJ field will learn how to develop an affordable career plan, and how to best market themselves. Students will complete a hiring plan, portfolio, and experience a practice job interview.

Level II

This program is the second year of the Criminal Justice Program for students. It offers students a more focused and in-depth experience and exposure to many exciting professions. These include police, probation, corrections, game wardens, attorneys, judges, EMS, detectives, and crime scene investigators. This course will give students the opportunity to focus on one or more areas of interest within the criminal justice field allowintg the student to decide which career paths they may wish to pursue. Numerous guest speakers will provide an interesting introduction to unique subjects. Students wishing to enter the CJ field will learn how to develop an affordable career plan, and how to best market themselves. Students will complete a sample job application, and experience a practice job interview. Students will also explore how to pursue placement at the police academy.

For more detailed information go to our Program of Study.

Your Instructor

Orlando Alvarez

Born in Santa Clara, Cuba and immigrated to New York City with my mother and father. Shortly after that, we relocated to South Florida. I was educated in South Florida in a home where the primary language is Spanish. I learned English by attending grade school and associating with English-speaking friends.
I decided to join law enforcement because I had a sense of wanting to "give back" and to serve and protect those who had the same challenges.
I was fortunate to work for a police department with a diverse group of officers and supervisors. The mission of the police department was to encourage its officers to perform community outreach. I received various training in understanding the needs and complexities of working with diverse community members. I have participated in cultural diversity training, restorative justice practices training, and the Disproportionate Minority Contact Initiative.
I've discovered a rewarding career as an educator where I can pass on my experiences, knowledge, and ability to recognize the complexities associated with criminal offenders. Being a resident of Brattleboro and having an opportunity to teach in Brattleboro will allow me to share my experiences with local students.