College Corner for Friday, November 21, 2008

KINGMAN - The Western Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy signed a three-year extension with the Arizona State Parks Department on the academy facility.

The Western Area Law Enforcement Administration signed an intergovernmental agreement with the Arizona State Parks Department on Nov. 7, extending use of the facility in Lake Havasu City until 2013 of applied science degree in administration of justice.

The academy, run on a partnership between WALEA and Mohave Community College, will expand the training program and increase the number of officers trained at one time. The academy gives the graduates 15 hours of credit at MCC toward their two-year associate degree.

"This is an excellent partnership," Kingman Police Chief Bob DeVries said. "It represents a chance for all law enforcement staff to further themselves in education. But it's not just about the college and law enforcement; it benefits the entire region."

The police recruits are currently hired by their respective agency, then sent to the academy. There, the cadets receive their law enforcement training to become Peace Officer Standards & Training certified.

"WALETA is where they learn all the technical and legal aspects of law enforcement," said Mike Messner, MCC's director of public safety programs. "The associate's degree requires 45 hours of additional general education courses that round out the officers' education and add to their professional development."

The agreement will also save money for each of the law enforcement agencies in Western Arizona.

"We need an academy in this area so we can lower the costs of training and retain officers from this area who are interested in staying in this area," DeVries said.

All law enforcement agencies in Mohave, La Paz and Yuma counties have bought into the academy except the Yuma County Sheriff's Office and that department has shown an interest in possibly joining in the future.

For more information on MCC's public safety courses, contact Messner at (928) 757-0831.

KINGMAN - The Mohave Community College Computer Club will hold a local-area network video game night and toy drive open on Dec. 13 on the Kingman and Bullhead City campuses.

The gaming and drive run from 5 to 10 p.m. at the computer centers on each of the campuses.

Participants will utilize the computer games Halo, Unreal Tournament and Battlefield 2, and they will compete against players on the other campus. Players may also bring their own Xbox 360s to play Halo 3.

Participants are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. If they want pizza and soft drinks at the event, they are asked to make a $6 donation. The pizza is free to those who bring a toy.

If a participant is under 18 years, he or she will need a completed parent permission slip, available at the MC4 website: http://www.mohave.edu/pages/1128.asp.

For more information about the night or the computer club, contact MC4 advisor Andra Goldberg at (928)-692-3015 or by e-mail at agoldberg@mohave.edu.