Singley law and public service program wins national recognition

Photo: Irving Police Department officers serve as instructors for dual-credit classes in the Law and Public Service program at Singley Academy. /Courtesy photo

The School of Law and Public Service at Singley Academy in Irving ISD has once again been recognized for outstanding programming and partnership with the Irving Police Department (IPD).

The National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) recognized the program with the NCPN CP Partnership Excellence Award. The award emphasizes the importance of career guidance and advising, professional development for educators and employers, and the employer role in providing work-based learning opportunities for students. As the first-place winner, Irving ISD will receive $1,000, and district officials have been asked to present at the NCPN conference in Indianapolis in October, where district officials will accept the award.

“We are so excited that our outstanding partnership with the Irving Police Department will be recognized with this national award,” said Shawn Blessing, director of career and technical education for Irving ISD.

The School of Law and Public Service offers students the opportunity to participate in multiple pathways including law, law enforcement, homeland security, cyber security and firefighter programs. Students can earn 18 college credits with the help of IPD, who serve as instructors for the dual-credit classes. In addition, Assistant Police Chief Jeff Spivey serves as the chair of the School of Law and Public Service Advisory Committee.

In addition, students are given the opportunity to transfer their school-site knowledge into a worksite that can lead to employment through the partnership. IPD places senior students to work inside the jail, where they see booking and internal operations, and in the 911 Center, city courts, family advocacy center and with emergency management. Irving Police Department, since 2008, has hired six students full time and two part time, four of whom are still employed in the department. In the 911 Center, four students have been hired full time and all four are still employed in the department.

The School of Law and Public Service first received national recognition in 2014 when the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) presented the program with the first ever Excellence in Action award.