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AVON PARK, Fla. — Dec. 10, 2018 — Thirteen graduates of South Florida State College’s (SFSC) Basic Law Enforcement (BLE) Academy Class 256, 29 graduates of BLE Class 257, and four graduates of the Crossover Academy Class 353, were recognized at a ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 6 in the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts at SFSC, Highlands Campus.
BLE Class 256 graduates who received occupational certificates were Jesse Cuddeback, Tayla DaSilva, Kaelyn Fort (class leader), Ezell Gammage, Olivia Harper, Alicia McElwee, Maria Olguin, Angelica Olson, Ryan Pennell, Patrick Ratterree, Garrett Roberts, Payton Smalley, and Ronald Workman. Crossover Class 353 graduates receiving their occupational certificates were Steven Arnesen, Ethan James Enderlin, Fritz Gerlin, and Garrett Albritton.
BLE Class 257 graduates who received occupational certificates were Jonathan Abrego, Aaron Allred, Andrew Barnes, Yevgeniy Bregman, Jennie Busin, Charles Butts, Ignacio Carreno, Steven Casallas-Perez, Justin Chu, Joshua Clark, Julio Cruz, Ryan Davidson, Jennifer Felix-Arroyo, John Gaines, Jeremy Griffin, Levi Lambert, Gage Massey, Trenton Moutschka, Joseph Perez, Mary Pinon, David Rodriguez, Lydaliz Rodriguez-Lamboy, Joel Serrano-Saez, Adiel Vazquez-Castro, Christopher Velez, Rene Verdugo, Jessi Welch, Garrison Yarbrough, and Tiana Yarde.
BLE Class 256 and Crossover Class 353 invited Major Brandon Ball of the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office to be guest speaker at the graduation, and Deputy Kevin Gentry of the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office was the second guest speaker at the request of BLE Class 257.
During the ceremony, special awards were presented to the cadets: Olivia Harper of BLE Class 256 and Jonathan Abrego of BLE Class 257 for top academics and Ryan Pennell of BLE Class 256 and Andrews Barnes of BLE Class 257 for top firearms scores. Kaelyn Fort of BLE Class 256 and Levi Lambert of BLE Class 257 were given special recognition as class leaders.
SFSC’s Basic Law Enforcement occupational certificate program trains students to become law enforcement officers in Florida. By successfully completing the program, they are eligible to take the state certification examination to become certified law enforcement officers. The program runs 770 contact hours or approximately five months full time or approximately 10 months part time.
The Correction to Law Enforcement (Crossover) occupational certificate program trains currently employed corrections officers to become law enforcement officers in Florida. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the state certification examination to become certified law enforcement officers. The program runs 515 contact hours or approximately 10 months part time.
For more information about either of these programs, visit southflorida.edu or call SFSC’s Criminal Justice Academy at 863-784-7285.