4/25/2007 12:00 AM
Police Academy cadets look on as TEEX Interim Director Gary Sera (left) and Blinn College President Dr. Donald Voelter (right) shake hands after formally signing an agreement for TEEX and Blinn to partner on offering the police academy as a college credit program.
Blinn College President Dr. Donald Voelter and Texas Engineering Extension Service Interim Director Gary Sera officially signed a second agreement to give students both college credit and hands-on experience in public service fields. The agreement allows Blinn criminal justice students to participate in TEEX's Central Texas Police Academy as a component of their associate in applied science degree or certificate.
The TEEX Police Academy faculty will provide classroom and hands-on field application and training experiences for qualified Blinn students. Under this agreement, students will have access to the 2,000-acre Riverside Campus for the practical field experiences they need to work as police officers. This includes access to a firing range, driving track, and residential prop houses that provide realistic scenarios.
"I can't help but feel like this is the start of something big," Sera said in pronouncing that with this second agreement, the TEEX-Blinn partnership in technical education is a "tradition."
Last year, Blinn and TEEX, a member of The Texas A&M University System, signed a similar agreement placing a semester at the Brayton Fire Training Field into the fire science certificate and degree curriculum.
"As in the case of the Fire Academy agreement, this agreement is advantageous for both organizations and, more importantly, should be of great benefit to the students enrolled and positively impact our community's safety and welfare," Blinn Technical and Workforce Education Dean Guadalupe Reyes, Jr., said.
The police academy will encompass one of the four semesters in the AAS degree plan and one of two semesters in the certificate. The 17-week academy will cost $4,200. The other semesters will be charged on the regular Blinn tuition and fee schedule.
Recognized as the oldest statewide law enforcement extension training agency in Texas, TEEX's Central Texas Police Academy has been preparing future officers for successful careers in law enforcement since the 1940s. Graduates have a long-standing record of a 99-percent passing rate on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) licensing examination and are recruited by law enforcement agencies throughout the state.