Call 911? No, call it a career path as students tackle a public safety curriculum

Students at South and future students at the new Olathe West High School have signed on for courses in a public safety curriculum — a relatively new idea to Johnson County that school administrators hope will be a win-win both for the students and for police and fire departments struggling to fill vacancies.

In the Shawnee Mission district, the program is called Project Blue Eagle and classes are offered at each high school. In Olathe, the public safety curriculum is the latest addition to 15 career-readiness programs known as 21st Century Academies. It will be taught in specially designed space at Olathe West when that school opens next fall.

School administrators hope to address two needs with the new courses: Career readiness for students in fields where jobs are waiting, and an improved candidate pool for police and fire departments.

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