Public & Emergency Services Careers

For some, career goals are all about personal ambition. For others, the sense of calling runs deeper. Pursue a purpose-driven career in Public & Emergency Services.

Police Officer

Police Officer smiling and standing in-front of her vehicle with her arms crossed.

Along with other first responders, Police Officers are the backbone of a free society, protecting people and their property by enforcing the laws that govern us and providing emergency assistance to victims of crimes, accidents and disasters.

Where You'll Work
  • Local Police Forces
  • Sheriff’s Offices
  • State Highway Patrol
  • Justice Departments
  • Correctional Facilities
  • National and State Parks
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice Technology4 semesters
  • Basic Law Enforcement Training Certificate (sponsored by the N.C. Criminal Justice Education & Training Standards Commission and the N.C. Sheriffs’ Education & Training Standards Commission)1 semester
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $28,000

  • Median

    $39,000

  • Experienced

    $57,000

Job Outlook

+6%

Qualifications

A Basic Law Enforcement Training Certificate will launch your career, while an associate degree from COA will make you equally or better qualified than 67% of current Police Officers.

Detective & Investigator

Investigator gathering a sample from a crime scene.

Detectives and Investigators gather and analyze evidence of possible crimes and illicit activity in a variety of contexts, from undercover surveillance and crime scene analysis to investigative audits that expose corporate fraud and white collar crime.

Where You'll Work
  • Law Enforcement
  • Private Investigators
  • Government Agencies
  • Corporate Auditors
  • Legal Investigators
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice Technology4 semesters
  • Basic Law Enforcement Training Certificate (sponsored by the N.C. Criminal Justice Education & Training Standards Commission and the N.C. Sheriffs’ Education & Training Standards Commission)1 semester
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $29,000

  • Median

    $46,000

  • Experienced

    $111,000

Job Outlook

+15%

Qualifications

An associate degree from COA will make you equally or better qualified than 50% of current Detectives and Investigators.

EMT and Paramedic

Two EMTs crouching over a patient.

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics rush to accident and disaster scenes to offer lifesaving care, quickly assessing people’s medical situations, performing emergency medical services, and transporting patients to hospitals and medical facilities.

Where You'll Work
  • Ambulance Services
  • Fire & Rescue Squads
  • Hospitals
  • Private Healthcare
  • Disaster Relief
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • EMT Basic Certificate1 semester
  • EMT Intermediate Certificate1 semester
  • EMT Basic to Paramedic Certificate1 semester
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $21,000

  • Median

    $32,000

  • Experienced

    $46,000

Job Outlook

+22%

Qualifications

Earning EMT and Paramedic certifications at COA will make you equally or better qualified than 65% of current EMTs and Paramedics.

Firefighter

Firefighter with his arms crossed standing next to another firefighter.

While most people run away from accidents and disasters, Firefighters rush into explosive danger to control fires, contain accidents and offer emergency, lifesaving care to people who are sick, injured or trapped in fires or other dangerous situations.

Where You'll Work
  • Local Fire Stations
  • State Fire Departments
  • Fire & Rescue Squads
  • Disaster Relief
  • Wildfire Crews
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Fire Academy (offered in partnership with the Albemarle Fireman’s Association)4-day Intensive
  • EMT Basic Certificate1 semester
  • EMT Intermediate Certificate1 semester
  • EMT Basic to Paramedic Certificate (offered in partnership with the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services)1 semester
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $20,000

  • Median

    $31,000

  • Experienced

    $48,000

Job Outlook

+4%

Qualifications

Earning the Paramedic certification at COA and completing Fire Academy courses will make you equally or better qualified than 59.1% of current Firefighters.

Preschool Teacher

Preschool Teacher sitting with a student in her lap and two other students sitting on the floor.

Preschool Teachers play a vital role in helping children and parents get off to a great educational start, guiding children’s play through stories, songs, games and creative activities that expand their vocabulary, sharpen their motor skills, nurture their social skills and inspire their curiosity.

Where You'll Work
  • Private Preschools
  • Head Start Programs
  • Curriculum Design
  • Recreational Centers
  • Developmental Programs
  • Public School Teacher Assistants
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education4 semesters
  • Early Childhood Education Diploma4 semesters
  • Early Childhood Education Certificate2 semesters
  • Infant & Toddler Care Certificate2 semesters
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $17,000

  • Median

    $24,000

  • Experienced

    $38,000

Job Outlook

+23%

Qualifications

An associate degree from COA will make you equally or better qualified than 52.7% of current Preschool Teachers.

Chef or Head Cook

Chef student chopping vegetables on a cutting board.

Chefs and Head Cooks are not only culinary masters, they are leaders in their kitchens, often managing kitchen staffs and cook teams, creating restaurant menus, ordering and managing food and supplies, not to mention preparing amazing, delicious meals.

Where You'll Work
  • Restaurants
  • Catering Businesses
  • Hotels and Tourism
  • Entertainment Venues
  • Cafeterias
  • Culinary Sales
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Culinary Arts Diploma (with ServSafe certification)2 semesters
  • Culinary Arts Certificate - Level I1 semester
  • Culinary Arts Certificate - Level II1 semester
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $31,000

  • Median

    $47,000

  • Experienced

    $72,000

Job Outlook

+8%

Qualifications

A diploma in Culinary Arts from COA will make you equally or better qualified than 69.8% of current Chefs and Head Cooks.

Cosmetologist

Cosmetologist styling her client's hair.

Cosmetologists offer beauty and wellness services like shampooing, cutting, coloring and styling hair, applying makeup, performing hair removal and providing nail and skin care – services that nurture people’s physical health while strengthening their confidence and self-image.

Where You'll Work
  • Beauty Salons
  • Hairstylists
  • Wedding Stylists
  • Nail Technicians
  • Makeup Artists
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Cosmetology Diploma (preparation for State Board of Cosmetic Art license exam)3 semesters
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $16,000

  • Median

    $22,000

  • Experienced

    $46,000

Job Outlook

+14%

Qualifications

Earning a Cosmetology Diploma at COA and passing the State Board of Cosmetic Art examination will make you equally or better qualified than 85.8% of current Cosmetologists, Hairdressers and Hairstylists.

COA Public & Emergency Services Programs

Associate Degrees

Associate Degrees

  • Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice Technology
  • Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice Technology
  • Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education
Diplomas

Diplomas

  • Early Childhood Education Diploma
  • Culinary Arts Diploma (with ServSafe certification)
  • Cosmetology Diploma (preparation for State Board of Cosmetic Art license exam)
Certificates

Certificates

  • Basic Law Enforcement Training Certificate (sponsored by the N.C. Criminal Justice Education & Training Standards Commission and the N.C. Sheriffs’ Education & Training Standards Commission)
  • Basic Law Enforcement Training Certificate (sponsored by the N.C. Criminal Justice Education & Training Standards Commission and the N.C. Sheriffs’ Education & Training Standards Commission)
  • EMT Basic Certificate
  • EMT Intermediate Certificate
  • EMT Basic to Paramedic Certificate
  • Fire Academy (offered in partnership with the Albemarle Fireman’s Association)
  • EMT Basic Certificate
  • EMT Intermediate Certificate
  • EMT Basic to Paramedic Certificate (offered in partnership with the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services)
  • Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • Infant & Toddler Care Certificate
  • Culinary Arts Certificate - Level I
  • Culinary Arts Certificate - Level II

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