Charlotte, N.C. - Starting this fall, a brand new school "option" will be coming online. CMS Superintendent Ann Clark made the announcement Wednesday. It's a program designed to give kids a firsthand look at what it's like to be in public servant.
"We're really excited to bring the service and protection program to Marie G Davis Military and Global Leadership Academy. It's a four year program of study starting with the public safety course in the 9th grade. Students can choose after the 9th grade to focus on police, fire technology and safety, or EMS and medic," said Akeshia Craven-Howell with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
Beginning the new school year, 125 9th graders will get up close and personal hands on experience with first responders to learn more about their jobs.
“We may do some things like building searches, officer safety, give them a little exposure as to what it means to be a police officer," said Captain Stella Patterson.
The goal is to jump-start their career as a possible paramedic, firefighter, or police officer.
“When you start thinking about the cost of college and the future of your children, this is a great opportunity because CMPD has a cadet program for students in college. We help pay for your college, books, and tuition. Being in this high school program will roll into that program which will be an incentive to help parents pay for college," said Patterson.
The district says any student within CMS can apply through the lottery. If your child gets in, transportation is provided to the school.