FKCC held a graduation ceremony on Oct. 8, 2015 for its fifty-eighth Basic Law Enforcement (BLE) Academy in the auditorium of Marathon High School.  Fourteen students successfully completed the 770-hour training program based in the College’s Middle Keys Center in Marathon.  Upon passing the state certification exam, each will be eligible to become Florida Law Enforcement Officers.

Eddie Fernandez, Director of FKCC’s Institute for Public Safety, recognized the best and the brightest of the class with special accolades.  Ryan Chelbanowski earned the Academic Achievement award.  The coveted “PIG” award was presented to Class Captain Mark Jewell for “demonstrating pride, integrity, and guts.”  Seth Hopp was named “Top Gun” for his superior shooting skills.

FKCC’s BLE program satisfies the training requirements of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.  FKCC is currently accepting applications for two Basic Law Enforcement academies that begin in January 2016.  A full-time, day-time academy will be held at the Key West Campus while a part-time, evening academy will be held at the College’s Middle Keys Center in Marathon.  For more information about FKCC’s Institute for Public Safety, visit https://www.fkcc.edu/academics/basicrecruit.