Public Service: Public Safety & Emergency Response
California’s Career Technical Education (CTE) programs engage students by integrating academics with career education. Knowledge and skills are learned and applied within a sequential standards-based program designed to prepare students for technical training, post-high school education, and entry-level employment. CTE programs culminate in a capstone project and an internship, which consists of placement with local business partners where students apply their knowledge and skills they have acquired through their coursework.
Desert Hot Springs High School is accredited through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. PSA's academic and Career Technical Education courses meet the "a-g" requirements for high school graduation and universities. Ninth grade is a CTE "g" elective and 10th, 11th, and 12th are dual enrollment courses (earn high school and college credit simultaneously) through College of the Desert.
Cadets attend classes as a grade level team and are taught academics, teamwork, leadership, and social skills. Instruction includes the use of real and simulated police, fire, and medical equipment. Cadets are required to participate in certifications, community service, competitions, field trips, guest speakers, hands-on training, mentorship, internship, physical training, and ride-alongs with public safety personnel. Cadets who meet the minimum requirements may earn certificates and awards.
Co-Curricular / Extracurricular Activities
Field Day is a friendly competition between MCJROTC, PSA, and REAL. This year PSA hosted and competitions included: Midnight Alarm, Baton Relay, Hose Coupling & Rescue, Bucket Brigade, Foot Pursuit, and Tug-of-War. The 2023 winner was MCJROTC.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to support career technical education. Students voluntarily compete in Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Justice, Firefighting, First Aid/CPR, and leadership. For information visit the SkillsUSA Website.
Exploring is sponsored by law enforcement and fire/medical agencies for youth 14-20 years of age. It provides experience, training, competitions, and networking with professionals and peers. For information visit the Exploring Website and find an program near you.
Omar Tinoco, Principal
Kai Lyles, Assistant Principal (CTE)
Eric Huber, Academy Coordinator
9th-12th Career Technical Education &
College of the Desert Instructor
Christine Becerra, Co-Coordinator
9th-11th Science Instructor
9th Grade Advisor
SkillsUSA Assistant Advisor
Every 15 Minutes Coordinator
Sam Cucciniello, Work-Based Learning Coordinator
Juldene Sims, Counselor
Scott Chariton, Instructor
10th World History & 12th Psychology
12th Grade Advisor
Robert Jensen, Instructor
9th Physical Education
Derrick Perez, Instructor
10th & 11th English
10th Grade Advisor
Demitrious Sinor, Instructor
11th U.S. History
11th Grade Advisor