|Top, students at the Charger game. Above, an officer visits Lincoln. |
Criminal justice program students at Lincoln High School have made a real connection with some of the officers and program leads through the STAR/PAL partnership developed over the last few years by instructor Ray Beattie, who involves his students in as many real-world activities with the group as possible.
In September, some of his students were guests of STAR/PAL at one of the home Charger games. The students received an in-depth tour of the San Diego Police Department Command Center at Qualcomm Stadium before the game. Beattie invites police officers into his class to address his criminal justice students on various legal issues and to share their career paths with the students.
The criminal justice program at Lincoln High School is part of the College Career and Technical Education (CCTE) program in the San Diego Unified School District. Career technical education courses are offered in 15 industry sectors tied to local economic and workforce needs. Lincoln High School, located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, offers students a wide variety of career-technical education courses that include these criminal justice classes in the Public Safety Sector, as well as other classes in the Engineering and Arts, Media and Entertainment sectors.
STAR/PAL (Sports Training, Academics, Recreation/Police Athletic League) is a non-profit organization that provides more than 10,000 youth services annually in inner-city neighborhoods throughout San Diego city and county. STAR/PAL offers free educational, athletic, and recreational programs which focus on promoting youth safety, positive life choices, and academic success.
STAR/PAL program directors are officers from the San Diego Police and County Probation departments. These dedicated officers coordinate unique programs for under-served youth, with the assistance of additional law enforcement and community volunteers. By bringing youth and law enforcement officers together in this manner, STAR/PAL helps build safer communities in the future.
For more information about STAR/PAL, please visit www.starpal.org. For more information about the Criminal Justice program at Lincoln High School, please contact Ray Beattie, CCTE Teacher, at firstname.lastname@example.org.