RIPLEY, Miss. (WTVA) - There are more than 20 students now enrolled in a new class at Tippah Career and Technology Center.
The group recently heard from Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Ray Hall.
The class includes guest speakers like Hall who gives students insight about careers in law enforcement, emergency services, the corrections system and much more.
Class instructor William McCain said, "It's more academic than most classes here at the center. There's a larger requirement for academics here."
Trooper Hall said, "Our constitutional law, our bill of rights remain the same. Most rules of the road here in Mississippi remain the same. Those interested in law enforcement can begin to study those laws."
Students we spoke with say they're thinking ahead to their careers and believe the class is a good path to help get there.
Student Samantha Holmes said, "I'm interested in the Mississippi National Guard. I like this class."
Student Maalik Rozier said, "I'm learning about a lot of rules in Mississippi and about the highways. I hope to become a patrol officer in Ripley."
The class also features hands-on demonstrations.
Educators see it as a chance for students to hopefully build a future in this area.
Center director Tony Elliott said, "We wanted to provide them a program to be both college and career ready. We know a lot of people will graduate high school, go to college and come back to work in Tippah County."
The class is for 10th through 12th grade students and plans are in the works to expand the course by next year.