Law Enforcement Training Academy Graduates 13 Recruits

After 10 months of maneuvering through obstacle courses, fending off assailants, being pepper sprayed, and of course attending lectures and hitting the books, 13 recruits graduated in August from the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Law Enforcement Training Academy.

The cadets began the program last October, and have now earned their Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AzPOST) certification, making them eligible to serve as certified law enforcement officers.

“Class six started with 32 recruits and 13 will graduate this month.  This is a tribute to the commitment and dedication of the men and women in the class,” said CGCC Law Enforcement Training Academy Coordinator Jonathan Terpay.  “All of the recruits worked extremely hard and together as a team to accomplish this difficult goal in becoming certified law enforcement officers. Nine of our 13 recruits have already been hired by various agencies throughout the Valley.”

Graduate Tashina Forsen was recently hired by the Mesa Police Department.

“I was in the Army for four years and did a tour in Iraq. When I got out, I really missed the camaraderie, so I decide to look for something similar,” Forsen said.  “I went on a few ride alongs with the Tempe Police Department and found that I really enjoyed it, so I decided to look into law enforcement.” 


Pictured: CGCC Law Enforcement Training Academy graduate Tashina Forsen scales a fence during physical fitness training.
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 CGCC Named for 5th Year to President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

CGCC has been named for the fifth year in a row to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.


CGCC student Linda Lloyd recently spent a day last semester preparing meals at Paz de Cristo Outreach Center as part of a service-learning assignment for her sociology class.


“This experience gave me the opportunity to get a sense of the challenges faced by a non-profit social service agency in today’s dire economic climate,” Lloyd said. “Paz de Cristo performs an amazing service in feeding the homeless and working poor with a very small staff bolstered by a large number of volunteers who are vital to the success of the agency.”


For nearly 20 years, CGCC students have participated in service-learning, providing thousands of hours of service in the community each year.



Pictured: CGCC students volunteer at the Paz de Cristo Outreach Center.


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 President's Community Advisory Council Member Profile: Christine MacKay

Members of CGCC's President's Community Advisory Council (PCAC) provide information and ideas to the college that reflect community perspectives.

Each month, we will feature a current member of the PCAC.  This month, we are pleased to introduce Christine MacKay, Director of Economic Development for the City of Chandler.

1.  How long have you served in your current position as Director of Economic Development for the City of Chandler and what are your primary duties in this position? I have been with the City's Economic Development team for a little more than 13 years, and as the Economic Development Director for 3 years. Our team is responsible for industrial, office, retail, recreation/entertainment and tourism opportunities in Chandler. Our team's mission is to bring new companies into the market and more importantly work with our existing companies to ensure they grow and thrive here. Our primary focus is to create a quality, sustainable community at build-out with enough high-wage jobs to support our citizens.
2.  Why do you feel it's important to serve on the President’s Advisory Council? 

I have served on the CGCC’s President's Advisory Council for three years. CGCC is one of the most important assets that we have here in Chandler! The College is a tremendous ally in the recruitment and training of a qualified workforce for our companies. As the Economic Development Director, it is important to me that I work collaboratively with the College to further Chandler's position in the economy.

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