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Public Services

The Public Services Industry Sector provides a foundation for students interested in being involved in their community and serving the public’s interest. Careers in this sector often attract people who want to help their fellow citizens and make improvements to the communities they serve.

Careers range from public safety to community outreach, and everything in between. Because of heightened interest in homeland and border security, employment growth in this sector is projected at over 20 percent in the near future. Students engage in an instructional program that integrates academic and technical preparation and focuses on career awareness, exploration, and skill preparation. Community service, internships, and work experience go hand in hand with classroom instruction.

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Degrees & Certificates at ARC

Administration of Justice

Here you can get all the basic training to prepare you for an entry-level position in law enforcement or to transfer to a CSU. After this program you can pursue a number of professions including Police Officers, Crime Scene Investigators, and Parole Officers. 


  • A.S. Administration of Justice 

Learn more about Administration of Justice

Fire Technology

If you’ve ever thought of becoming a firefighter, this is the best place to start. Learn all of the specialized knowledge of safety, rescue, and emergency medical operations in this intensive training program taught by experienced members of the fire service. 


  • Fire Technology 
  • Firefighter Recruit Academy 


  • A.A. Fire Technology 

Learn more about Fire Technology


In as little as 18 months, you could be out in an ambulance helping people and saving lives. Rigorous training and exercises with high-tech simulators will provide you the preparation you need once you’re out on a call. 


  • Paramedic 


  • A.S. Paramedic 

Learn more about Paramedic

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Whether your educational goal is to earn an Associate degree or certificate, transition into a new career, or transfer to a 4-year institution, American River College is dedicated to helping you reach that goal.

Application Process

American River College

American River College is a public community college that primarily serves residents of the six-county Greater Sacramento region. The college offers traditional classroom instruction, off-campus centers, and distance education online. Visit the ARC website

(916) 484-8011