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Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy Class 2 (D)

2nd full-time Law Enforcement Academy class graduates

Galveston College celebrated the graduation of Class 2 of its full-time, daytime Law Enforcement Academy May 30 in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing.

In a processional led by a traditional police bagpiper, the nine graduates of Class 2 marched into the auditorium to receive their certifications and to be administered the law enforcement oath of office.

Mary Pyle, director of the Law Enforcement Academy, served as master of ceremonies and introduced Galveston College Vice President for Instruction, Cissy Matthews, who gave welcoming remarks to family and friends of the graduates. Dr. Matthews commended the work of the program instructors and the cadets and congratulated the graduates as they launched their careers.

Graduating Cadet Tait Cooper, who was the class valedictorian, spoke on behalf of the class and gave thanks to family members, instructors and Galveston College for the opportunity of attending the academy.

Guest speaker District Attorney Jack Roady of Galveston County encouraged the graduates to be bold in their pursuits.

“We are the communities that you have pledged to serve and protect,” Roady said. “We are going to be looking to you on the worst days of our lives to be our strength … to be bold.”

A presentation of special awards included the Top Gun award for the best marksmanship on the firing range to Cadet Sanjay Soodeen. The top academic achievement award went to Cadet Tait Cooper

The graduates, all of whom serve with local law enforcement agencies, had a 100 percent pass rate on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement licensure exam.

Graduates included Garrett Alby, Dakota Burrows, Elena Colon, Tait Cooper, Elizabeth Dobson, Mandy Hendrick, Brian Rawls, Sanjay Soodeen and Andrew Vences.

Cadet Class 2 instructors included Barton Stephenson, Galveston College; Lt. Paul Adkins, Texas Department of Public Safety; Sgt. John Aucoin, Jamaica Beach Police Department; Sgt. Jeffrey Banks, Galveston Police Department; Dan Blackford, College of the Mainland; Patrick Broash, Galveston Police Department; Vancessa Cadena, Galveston Police Department; Weston Dancewicz, Texas Department of Public Safety; Det. Derek Gaspark, Galveston Police Department; Sgt. Susan Gibbs, University of Texas Medical Branch Police Department; Brent Haynes, Galveston County District Attorney’s Office; Sgt. Billy Kilburn, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office; Sean Migues, Galveston Police Department; Wayne Moody, Galveston Police Department; Sgt. Khristin New, Jones Creek Marshal’s Office; Sgt. Raymond Orozco, Texas A&M University; Kevin Petroff, Galveston County District Attorney’s Office; Kris Pompa, Galveston Police Department; William Reed, Galveston County District Attorney’s Office; David Roark, Galveston Police Department; Jackie Sanford, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission; John Siverand, University of Texas Medical Branch Police Department; Juana (Jo) Villarreal, Galveston Police Department; and Clint Weekly, Texas Department of Public Safety.

More than 400 cadets have graduated from Galveston College’s Law Enforcement Academy since it began in 1987. Many of those graduates have gone on to join law enforcement agencies in Galveston County, throughout Texas and the Gulf Coast region.

Above: Nine cadets graduated May 30 from Class 2 of Galveston College’s full-time, daytime Law Enforcement Academy. The cadets had a 100 percent pass rate on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement licensure exam. For more Law Enforcement Academy graduation photos, click here.

32nd Law Enforcement Academy class graduates

Galveston College celebrated the graduation of Class 32 of Law Enforcement Academy cadets May 15 in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing.

In a processional led by a traditional police bagpiper, the eight graduates of Class 32 marched into the auditorium to receive their certifications and to be administered the law enforcement oath of office.

Mary Pyle, director of the Law Enforcement Academy, served as master of ceremonies and introduced Galveston College President, Dr. Myles Shelton, who gave welcoming remarks to family and friends of the graduates. Dr. Shelton commended the work of the program instructors and the cadets and congratulated the graduates as they launched their careers.

Graduating cadet Erin Shaw, who was the class valedictorian, spoke on behalf of the class and gave thanks to family members, instructors and Galveston College for the opportunity of attending the academy.

Guest speaker Chief Brad Heiman of the Jamaica Beach Police Department asked those in attendance to observe a moment of silent in observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is celebrated throughout the nation on May 15, and encouraged the graduates to continue to serve with integrity in honor of those who gave their lives in service to their communities.

A presentation of special awards included the Top Gun award for the best marksmanship on the firing range to Cadet Calixto Lopez. The top academic achievement award went to Cadet Erin Shaw.

The graduates, all of whom serve with local law enforcement agencies, had a 100 percent pass rate on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement licensure exam.

Graduates included Luis Camino, Michael Gonzalez, Shane Hubbard, Lindsy Jackson, Calixto Lopez, Julia Pina, Mark Posey and Erin Shaw.

Cadet Class 32 instructors included Barton Stephenson, Galveston College; Kara Harrison, City of Galveston; Sgt. Billy Kilburn, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office; Cris Martinez, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission; Sean Migues, Galveston Police Department; Sgt. Andre Mitchell, Galveston County Constables, Precinct 2; Sgt. Khristin New, JCMO; Sgt. Raymond Orozco, Texas A&M University; and Ronny Phillips, Alvin Community College.

More than 400 cadets have graduated from Galveston College’s part-time Law Enforcement Academy since it began in 1987. Many of those graduates have gone on to join law enforcement agencies in Galveston County, throughout Texas and the Gulf Coast region.

 

Above: Members and instructors of Class 32 of the Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy include (front row) Erin Shaw, (middle row) faculty member Bart Stephenson, Shane Hubbard, Mark Posey, Julia Pina, Lindsy Jackson and faculty member Sgt. Khristen New, (back row) faculty member Sgt. William Kilburn, Michael Gonzalez, Luis Camino and Calixto Lopez. For more photos from the ceremony, click here.

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Galveston College sees 11.5 percent enrollment jump

Galveston College officials have announced a double-digit increase in student enrollment for the fall 2018 semester from this same time last year.

The college recorded a census-day credit headcount enrollment of 2,450 students, which represents an 11.5 percent increase from the 2,197 students who attended Galveston College during the fall semester of 2017.

“Our growth is a testament to the support of our community and to the great work of our faculty and staff,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, president of Galveston College. “I cannot emphasize enough the teamwork and collaboration across the college community. Everyone contributed to this successful student recruitment effort that produced such positive results.”

The enrolled students generated 20,070 student semester credit hours, an increase of 15 percent from the previous fall semester.

The growth in enrollment can be attributed to a number of factors, Dr. Shelton said, including the addition of new programs in Computer and Network Administration, Instrumentation Technology and a daytime Law Enforcement Academy in partnership with area law enforcement agencies.

“We are excited to have 17 students enrolled in our daytime Law Enforcement Academy in addition to the students in our existing evening academy,” Dr. Shelton said, adding that the college has collaborated with the City of Galveston, the Galveston Police Department, Galveston County, the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office and other local agencies to provide high-quality law-enforcement education to the region.

Dr. Cissy Matthews, vice president of instruction, said the number of Galveston high school students participating in dual-credit programs also has increased significantly.

“We have 588 dual-credit students who are enrolled in 32 different classes or programs,” Dr. Matthews said. “Some of the classes with the highest enrollment are English Composition I, Medical Terminology and U.S. History I.  On the workforce side, the Welding Technology program is popular with 64 students taking different levels of welding this year.  The Emergency Medical Services program also has been well-received, with 23 dual-credit students.”

In addition to students enrolled in credit academic-transfer and workforce programs, Galveston College serves more than 1,725 individuals through workforce training, continuing education for professional and personal development, and other non-credit programs.

For more information about Galveston College, visit GC.edu or call (409) 944-4242.

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Galveston College celebrates graduates of 31st Law Enforcement Academy

Galveston College recognized the 13 graduates of its 31st Law Enforcement Academy on May 21 at a ceremony in the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing on the Galveston College campus.

Mary Pyle, director of the Law Enforcement Academy, served as master of ceremonies and introduced Galveston College President, Dr. Myles Shelton, who gave welcoming remarks to family and friends of the graduates. Dr. Shelton commended the work of the program instructors and the cadets and congratulated the graduates as they launched their careers.

Graduating cadet Eric Vela, who was the class valedictorian, spoke on behalf of the class and gave thanks to family members, instructors and Galveston College for the opportunity of attending the academy.

Chief Vernon Hale of the Galveston Police Department spoke as a representative of the law enforcement community and welcomed the graduates to the ranks of law enforcement service.

Graduating cadet Eric Vela spoke on behalf of the class and gave thanks to family members, instructors and Galveston College for the opportunity of attending the academy.

A presentation of special awards included the Top Gun award for the best marksmanship on the firing range by cadet Paulino Cisneros. The top academic achievement award went to Eric Vela.

Cadet Class 31 instructors included William Kilburn of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, Barton Stephenson of Galveston College, Jacob Manuel of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office and Ronald Phillips of Alvin Community College.

Graduates included Alexian Barnes, Paulino Cisneros, Veronica De La Garza, Roxanna Donowho, Jesse Ellisor, Barrington Hanna, James Mason, Corey Presley, Mario Reyes, Alan Sweis, Osvaldo Garcia, Eric Vela and Ryan Zuniga.

For more information on the Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy, contact Mary Pyle, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Academy program director at (409) 944-1331 or mpyle@gc.edu.

Students also can visit the office in Room 323 of the Mary Moody Northen Center on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas, or online at www.gc.edu/programs-and-courses/criminal-justice-law-enforcement/.

 

Above: Graduates of the 31st Law Enforcement Academy of Galveston College include (front row from left) Ryan Zuniga, Veronica De La Garza, Roxanna Donowho, (back row from left) Eric Vela, Alan Sweis, Mario Reyes, Corey Presley, James Mason, Barrington Hanna, Jesse Ellisor and Paulino Cisneros. Not pictured is Alexian Barnes.

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Galveston College accepts applications for Law Enforcement Academy

Galveston College is now accepting applications for its 32nd Law Enforcement Academy.

The college has added a new full-time day program to its schedule, which will run Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Classes begin Aug. 6. Graduation will be in December 2018.

The evening program will run Mondays through Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. beginning Aug. 6. Graduation is set for May 2019.

The deadline to apply for the day and evening programs is June 30.

More than 400 cadets have graduated from Galveston College’s Law Enforcement Academy since it began in 1987. Many of those graduates have gone on to join county law enforcement agencies and police departments in Texas.

The law enforcement academy is designed for those who are seeking their Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) basic peace officers certification. The 699-hour course of study includes, but is not limited to

• review of the Texas Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure,
• Texas traffic laws,
• firearms training
• physical training/defensive tactics,
• police vehicle operation,
• vice and narcotics investigation,
• criminal investigation and
• traffic accident investigation.

For more information on the Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy, contact Mary Pyle, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Academy program director at (409) 944-1331 or mpyle@gc.edu.

Students also can visit the office in Room 323 of the Mary Moody Northern Center on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas, or online at https://gc.edu/criminal-justice-law-enforcement