College of Western Idaho (CWI) celebrated a milestone on Tuesday (July 26) as the first graduates from its Law Enforcement program were honored with a ceremony at the Nampa Civic Center. Nineteen students comprised the program’s first graduating class. The event provided an emotional farewell to a group that ushered in CWI’s new Law Enforcement program in August 2015.
“Seeing that first group be so successful is very fulfilling,” says CWI’s Law Enforcement Program Chair, LeRoy Forsman. “I’m very proud of this particular group. They have the right heart and attitude necessary to make a positive impact on their communities. They understand what public service is really all about. I’m very blessed to be a part of their lives and careers.”
In its first year, CWI’s Law Enforcement program proved it meets an important need in the Treasure Valley. Of the 19 students who make up the first graduating class, nine have already accepted jobs. The other 11 students have applied for jobs and are currently going through testing or back ground checks.
“The demand for qualified peace officers is great,” Forsman said. “Our students are in strong positions because they can pass the academy challenge test and not have to attend a traditional police academy setting once they’ve completed our program. Additionally, the fact that our students pay their own way through the program speaks volumes about their dedication and commitment to getting into the profession.”
The program was at capacity for enrollment this first year after receiving over 100 applications. Due to the demand, the program will double enrollment for the Spring 2017 semester. The spring start will also give students an alternative to starting the program in the fall.