Carrollton, Ky. – Aug. 28, 2019 – Carroll County High School students now have a new dual-credit class and a new career pathway. School Resource Officer Benny Johnson is teaching Introduction to Criminal Justice to 30 CCHS students as a dual-credit class through Jefferson Community and Technical College.
“Teaching is a passion for me,” Johnson said. “I have enjoyed my time as an SRO at Carroll County High School. With teaching, I get to pass on knowledge, and it thrills me to see what we can accomplish.”
The Introduction to Criminal Justice dual-credit class is part of a four-course pathway in criminal justice. The second course, Criminal Law, will be held in the spring of 2020. Plans are in the works to teach the third and fourth courses in the pathway the following year.
“There was tremendous interest in this class,” Johnson said. “We had to cap enrollment at 30, which is a good problem to have. I want to thank Crystal Raisor and Dr. Livingood for initiating this course and the entire pathway.”
Raisor is a college and career counselor for Carroll County High School and the Carroll County Area Technology Center. Livingood served as interim-principal of CCHS for the 2018-2019 school year.
The fall introductory course will cover several topics in criminal justice, such as crime and causation, police, courts, corrections, technology, reentry and juvenile issues. The class will count as a humanities credit at CCHS. At universities, the course should count as an elective. At Northern Kentucky University, it will count as Justice 101.
“Kids are not only fascinated with the topic; they are bombarded with issues related to criminal justice,” Johnson said. “Anything from local to federal level is part of this pathway. This gives students a foundation to build upon. Our role here is to prepare them for life. It’s your responsibility as an educator to prepare them for the next step. That’s our role.”
Johnson has prior teaching experience through Gateway Community and Technical College. His professional law enforcement experience includes serving as chief of police for the cities of Ludlow and Falmouth as well as private sector operations.
“I’ve had nothing but positive experiences in terms of law enforcement as a career,” Johnson said. “If I have been able to help one person, then I have succeeded.”
The Carroll County School District is a public school system that operates within the geographic boundaries of Carroll County, Kentucky. The district serves around 1,900 students K-12.