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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 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

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Applied Technology Center Open House

Galveston College faculty, staff and advisors are planning an Open House at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The Center is located at 7626 Broadway Boulevard in Galveston, Texas.

Faculty from programs of Welding, Electrical and Electronics Technology, Medical Administration, Medical Coding, Cosmetology, Heating-Ventilation-Air Conditioning-Refrigeration, Culinary Arts, Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice, and Pipefitting will be on hand to give tours and help with applications, registration and financial aid. Fall credit classes start on August 28, 2017. Some workforce programs are available as Continuing Education programs.

The Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center was opened in September of 2013 as a commitment by Galveston College to provide multiple workforce and technology programs for residents to be trained to enter lucrative careers in the Galveston County area. The programs have produced graduates who have joined the workforce or become their own service industry business owners and providers.

Come visit the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center Open House on Tuesday August 15, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Call 409-944-1404 for more information.

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Graduation Ceremony for 30th Law Enforcement Academy Class

Galveston College held graduation ceremonies for its thirtieth Law Enforcement Academy featuring 13 graduates that have all found placement in law enforcement agencies across the Houston-Galveston area. Among the many supporters, family members and friends in the audience was a very special lady that had been with Galveston College’s Law Enforcement Academy since the beginning. College officials, students and guests took time to honor Gladys Jones with the Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy’s first ever “Legacy Award” recognizing Jones’ many years of service as an administrative assistant that helped to organize the Law Enforcement Academy classes that have produced thirty years of dedicated , quality law enforcement professionals. Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Academy Director Mary Pyle said “No one but Gladys Jones could have made such a long term impact on the safety and protection of our area citizens by committing so many hours and so much energy to the Law Enforcement program at Galveston College.”

The Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy presented the “Legacy Award” to Gladys Jones for her long- term service to the Academy for thirty years of law enforcement classes.
Pictured, from left to right, are Galveston College Vice President of Instruction, Dr. Cissy Matthews; Port of Galveston Chief of Police Bob Pierce; honoree Gladys Jones; Galveston Chief of Police Rick Boyle; Galveston College President Dr. Myles Shelton; Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Academy Director Mary Pyle, and Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset.

Pyle continued the program of commencement as the Master of Ceremonies by introducing Galveston College President, Dr. Myles Shelton, who gave welcoming remarks to family and friends of the graduates. Shelton commended the work of the program instructors and the cadets and congratulated the graduates as they launched their careers as Galveston College’s 50th anniversary celebration winds down.

Chief Brad Heiman of the Jamaica Beach Police Department spoke as a representative of the Law Enforcement Academy Advisory Board and told the audience that law enforcement service and first responder service was “a calling” rather than a career. He welcomed the thirteen graduates to the ranks of law enforcement service. Graduating cadet Aaron Jarma 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 cadets Juan Moran and Benjamine White. The top academic achievement award went to Juan Moran. Galveston County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Mike Bell and William Kilburn, who served as instructors in the Law enforcement Academy program made the presentation of certificates to the graduates.

The Galveston College Law enforcement Academy Graduating Class Number 30 included Felix Cora, DeAnna Durrett, William Hardman, Aaron Jarma, Elric King, Nathan King, Mitchell Lewis, Juan Moran, Richard Palacios, Carlos Ramos, Martin Silvas, Erik Tucker, and Benjamine White.