Steven Kahla, new dean of instruction for Workforce, oversees the LEA. "As a new dean this is my first LEA graduation and I am impressed with the caliber of the program and the commitment of our future law enforcement officers," he said. "Working with the cadets and our cadre of instructors has been a highlight of my tenure at Lone Star College."
LSC-University Park has invited representatives from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement to the graduation ceremony. LSC-University Park President Shah Ardalan, LSC-University Park Vice President for Instruction Kathy Cecil-Sanchez and other college and community dignitaries will also attend.
More than 40 cadets are expected to take part in the ceremony that marks their successful completion of LSC-University Park's Peace Officer Training Program.
Ethan Cartwright, the valedictorian of the class, said he looks forward to serving and protecting his community. "Since 2010 I have endeavored to become a Texas Peace Officer," said Cartwright, of Conroe. "When I found out that the LSC-University Park had a law enforcement academy I jumped at the idea. It seemed to come at a time in my life when I truly felt like it was an opportune moment to seize the dream I had had for so long."
The Academy has also invited a number of law enforcement agencies to recognize the cadets they are hiring by taking part in a pinning ceremony, presenting traditional pins from their departments during the graduation.
LEA classes begin again in August and The Academy is still enrolling for the full-time day program and both the part-time day and part-time evening programs. For more information, go to www.LoneStar.edu/startup.