By Julie Wiessner
During the Aug. 20 meeting of the Navajo County Community College District Governing Board, members heard a presentation by Navajo County Sheriff KC Clark and Chief Deputy James Molesa about the success of the graduates in the first Intensive Police Academy class held at the Northeastern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy in Taylor.
Out of the 23 individuals who began the class, 13 graduated and have been hired by area law enforcement agencies. The officers all scored well on their examinations, according to the sheriff. “Even though this was the first class with this center for graduates, they scored second in the state,” he noted.
“What we are trying to do is hire local people that have ties to the area and do not want to leave. We also saved money by keeping the training money in our county rather than shipping the students down to Phoenix, where Maricopa County would’ve received those dollars,” said Clark. In the past the sheriff’s office paid $16,000 to train each individual at the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy in Phoenix.
Molesa noted, “All of the instructors donated their time and it’s a win/win situation; the community gets local people as police officers who know the people in their areas and the county gets to keep the training money in house.”
Although there will be no class this fall semester, due to lack of enrollment, it is estimated there will be a need for more police officers in the near future and perhaps a full time academy would be in the offing to help fill that need.
According to Stewart Bishop, director of Public Safety Education for Northland Pioneer College, “We are looking into the possibility of a class beginning in January, but at this time have no idea if that will work out yet.”
This first class of graduates trained on a part-time basis, taking 11 months to complete their course work. ALEA training in Phoenix takes 16 weeks on a full-time basis.
Clark and Molesa also expressed their thanks to NPC for partnering with Navajo County to make the class a success.
The board also heard about several events planned by NPC’s Classified Administrative Staff Organization (CASO) members. Their goal is to raise $40,000 to be given to students in honor of NPC’s 40th anniversary year.
Kicking off that endeavor will be the world premier play of Coeur d’ Alene, on Sept. 13, 14, 20, and 21 at Northland Pioneer College’s Performing Arts Center in Snowflake. NPC is also hosting Pedal the Petrified on Sept. 21 beginning at the north entrance of the Petrified Forest National Park. Go online to www.npc.edu and click on NPC events for more information.
In other action, the board:
* Approved for the second year an intergovernmental agreement with the Northeast Arizona Technical Institute of Vocational Education to provide Medical Terminology for Clinical Health Professionals, a three-credit class that can be applied toward an associate of applied science degree as a medical assistant.
Most sites currently requesting this class are in NPC’s service area. However, the Tuba City location is within the Coconino Community College service district, so its president, Dr. Leah L. Bornstein, has given permission for NPC to provide the course there.
* Approved geotechnical engineering services from Western Technologies Inc. for placement and specification needs of a metal classroom building for the Northeast Arizona Training Center in the amount not to exceed $5,000. The building is expected to be approximately 1,800 square feet in size and will provide classroom space for active training exercises.
Services will include field exploration, laboratory testing, analyses and a geotechnical engineering report, which will provide recommendations and discussion for the building’s foundation design parameters, including footing types, depths, allowable bearing capacities and estimated settlement, earthwork, site preparation, fill placement, suitability of existing soils for fill materials, drainage, slabs-on-grade and ground water. Capital improvement funds appropriated by the legislature and held by the college for NATC will fund this expenditure.
* Approved renewing an existing maintenance agreement covering Cisco networking equipment for a period of one year in the amount of $68,639.16, plus any applicable taxes.
* Approved the purchase of 18 SMART Board and projector packages from CCS Presentation Systems for classroom technology equipment for $65,322, plus any applicable taxes and freight charges. These packages will be used for instruction and other purposes, and will outfit some classrooms without the equipment and replace some existing equipment that has reached the end of its expected lifecycle.
By Julie Wiessner