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OJC Press Release ID: 2723

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

OJC Law Academy Graduation to be Held on November 29


The Otero Junior College Law Enforcement Training Academy will graduate 15 students on Wednesday, Nov 29 at 10 a.m. in the Student Center Banquet Room at OJC. This class will be the 40th class to graduate from the Law Academy since the Academy was established in 1999.

Miner Blackford, academy director, will begin the ceremony with opening remarks. Jim Rizzuto, president of Otero Junior College, will welcome the graduates and their guests. The student speakers for the graduation are Cameron Josh, Yuma; and Ryan Sandbeck, Trinidad. A former student of the Law Academy, Jeremy Leisure, will be the guest speaker. Leisure graduated in 2016 from the Law Academy, with the 37th class.

Graduates from the Fall Law Academy include:
Sal Arteaga, La Junta;
Alvaro Canales-Rojas, Lamar;
Riley Cooper, Springfield;
Kenneth Cortinez, Las Animas;
Vince Gearhart, La Junta;
Adriana Habr, Lamar;
Jared Harty, Sterling;
Lindsey Hasty, La Junta;
Luquam Hill, North Brunswick, N.J.;
Cameron Josh, Yuma;
William Pritchett, Lamar;
Cassandra Sahagun, South Fork;
Ryan Sandbeck, Trinidad;
Makayla Schwartz, Sterling;
Jeremy Wallace, Las Animas;

Blackford stated, “A reception will follow the ceremony that we invite and encourage all to come sit, eat, and visit with us.”

The OJC Law Enforcement Training Academy is an intensive 15-week, 40-semester-hour training course. The Academy is staffed by veteran certified peace officers and career professionals who teach the latest in law enforcement techniques using state-of-the-art equipment. The course-work offered by the Academy is continually upgraded each semester and is designed to prepare students to take the Colorado POST examination to become Colorado Certified Peace Officers.

Enrollment for the Spring Law Enforcement Training Academy is now open. Spring Semester begins Jan 15, 2018. For more information about the registration process, contact Miner Blackford, academy director at 719-384-6867.


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Photo Caption: Students graduating from the 40th OJC Law Enforcement Training Academy on Nov 29 include:

Back row (l-r) Alvaro Canales-Rojas, Lamar; Jeremy Wallace, Las Animas; Vince Gearhart, La Junta; Cassandra Sahagun, South Fork; Miner Blackford, academy director; William Pritchett, Lamar; Sal Arteaga, La Junta; Makayla Schwartz, Sterling; Lindsey Hasty, La Junta.

Front row (l-r): Kenneth Cortinez, Las Animas; Riley Cooper, Springfield; Adriana Habr, Lamar; Cameron Josh, Yuma; Ryan Sandbeck, Trinidad; Jared Harty, Sterling; Lindsey Hasty, La Junta.

The graduation ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in the OJC Student Center Banquet Room.