(Calhoun, GA) – On July 3, friends and family gathered at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Gordon County Campus to honor the students graduating from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy and now, less than two months later, every graduate of that training class is working in law enforcement.
“One-hundred percent of our graduates finding employment this quickly is a sign that we are producing quality officers,” said Tom Bojo, Gordon County Campus Manager at GNTC. “Local police chiefs and sheriffs are now depending on our graduates to fill their vacancies as quickly and professionally as possible.”
The graduates of GNTC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training class #201401 are employed with police departments, sheriff offices, and in security. Some of the graduates had already secured employment before they crossed the stage in July.
“I am pleased that our students are taking their education and training seriously and are being sought after both locally and outside the GNTC service area,” said Jim Pledger, director of the Basic Law Enforcement Academy at GNTC.
The Basic Law Enforcement certificate program provides students with the necessary skills, standards, and knowledge in order to become qualified, proficiently trained, ethical and competent peace officers in criminal justice careers. Successful completion of the program will make the student eligible to be certified as a Georgia Peace Officer.
Graduates of GNTC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training class #201401 are: Marcus J. Alford, Matthew B. Byars, Matthew F. Cowan, James T. Davis, Robin W. Graham, James D. Holland, Tisha M. Owens, Joshua W. VanDyke, and Robert T. White.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 16,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia.