MCC to offer law enforcement training with new academy



FENTON — Whether it’s patrolling a neighborhood to keep residents safe, gathering facts and collecting evidence for criminal cases, or protecting people in harm’s way, a law enforcement officer’s career centers around protecting and serving communities.

Mott Community College is offering an excellent educational opportunity for individuals interested in pursuing careers in law enforcement at the new Law Enforcement Regional Training Academy (LERTA), providing a 15- week, intensive training program for anyone interested in law enforcement, who meet the minimum qualifications.

Operating under the direction of Chief Theresa Stephens-Lock, Director of the MCC Department of Public Safety, LERTA meets the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) training requirements and prepares students for taking the Law Enforcement Licensing Examination.

Located at the MCC Southern Lakes Branch Center in Fenton, the LERTA will hold two sessions each year – to coincide with the Fall and Winter Semesters at MCC. The Academy’s first 15-week class will start on Sept. 4. Mark D. Heidel is the Training Director of the Law Enforcement Regional Training Academy at MCC. For more information about the LERTA, call Mark Heidel at 810-232-2654.

“Our goal is to help those considering a career in law enforcement to realize their dreams,” Chief Lock said. “There are several law enforcement academies across the state of Michigan, and MCC is extremely proud to be one of the locations selected to provide this great training opportunity.”

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

• Be employed by a Michigan law enforcement agency that wishes to hire and train the candidate to become a police officer

• Hold a two- or four-year college degree from an accredited college or university

• Be a registered criminal justice student at MCC and be eligible for graduation upon the LERTA completion. MCC’s Criminal Justice program provides students with the option of earning an Associate’s in Applied Science degree or a Certificate of Achievement in criminal justice. MCC Criminal Justice students may earn up to 15 credit hours toward their Criminal Justice Associate’s degree for attending and completing the Academy.

• Military candidates, who have prior military law enforcement training and experience, may seek enrollment and a waiver of college requirements from the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards, if specific requirements have been met.

Financial assistance may be available for eligible participants. In addition, information about financial aid will be available at the LERTA orientation sessions. Registration is required for participation in the orientation sessions. No walk-ins will be accepted.

You can register to attend one of the orientation sessions at www.mcc.edu/lerta/lerta_ info.ph p. For additional details, please visit www.lerta.mcc.edu. A list of orientation dates and times follows:

• June 25 at 6 p.m.

• July 18 at 10 a.m.

• July 18 at 6 p.m.

The LERTA orientation sessions will be held in Room 1404 of the Mott Community College Southern Lakes Branch Center, located at 2100 Thompson Road in Fenton. — G.G.FENTON — Whether it’s patrolling a neighborhood to keep residents safe, gathering facts and collecting evidence for criminal cases, or protecting people in harm’s way, a law enforcement officer’s career centers around protecting and serving communities.

Mott Community College is offering an excellent educational opportunity for individuals interested in pursuing careers in law enforcement at the new Law Enforcement Regional Training Academy (LERTA), providing a 15- week, intensive training program for anyone interested in law enforcement, who meet the minimum qualifications.

The Academy’s first 15-week class will start on Sept. 4. You can register to attend one of the orientation sessions at www.mcc.edu/lerta/lerta_ info.ph p. For additional details, please visit www.lerta.mcc.edu. A list of orientation dates and times follows:

• June 25 at 6 p.m.

• July 18 at 10 a.m.

• July 18 at 6 p.m.

The LERTA orientation sessions will be held in Room 1404 of the Mott Community College Southern Lakes Branch Center, located at 2100 Thompson Road in Fenton. — G.G.


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