LEA Graduation is May 9 in West Dining on Campus

More than 250 people are expected for the Lone Star College Law Enforcement Academy's graduation ceremony at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, in West Dining on campus. Retired Houston Police Department Sgt. David Houston will deliver the graduation address. He will speak about the exemplary police officer, and will discuss the building blocks of character, competency, professionalism and leadership.

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.

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