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Delaware Tech and the Delaware State Police Honor First Graduating Class of the Law Enforcement Option

Delaware Technical Community College and the Delaware State Police Academy honored the first graduating class of the new Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Option at a ceremony on May 8 at the Delaware State Police Academy in Dover.

The Law Enforcement Option, a comprehensive associate degree program, designed and offered in collaboration with the Delaware State Police Training Academy is a two-way articulation that provides Delaware Tech students and graduates of the Academy advanced standing opportunities. If accepted for employment by the Delaware State Police or a Delaware municipal police agency, graduates of the program may be eligible to receive up to eight weeks credit at the Delaware State Police Training Academy, thus reducing the time in the academy from 22 weeks to 14 weeks (Accelerated Academy). In addition, any graduate of the Academy that wants to get an A.A.S. degree in Criminal Justice will only need to attend the College full time for three semesters instead of four.

Dr. Orlando J. George, president of Delaware Technical Community College states, “The College greatly values its ongoing partnership with the Delaware State Police. This Law Enforcement Option is one example of our partnership and is a ‘win-win’ for everyone involved. Delawareans benefit because they get a well-educated, diverse talent pool interested in law enforcement to protect our communities. The program’s graduates benefit because this option gives them the opportunity for advanced standing status in the training phases of the police academy. And existing State Police Academy graduates benefit by being able to come to Delaware Tech and earn an associate degree in Criminal Justice in a shortened timeframe.”

Colonel Nathaniel McQueen, Jr. of the Delaware State Police agrees. “The Delaware State Police is proud of our partnership with Delaware Technical Community College and their Criminal Justice programs. The Law Enforcement Option provides the opportunity for our troopers to meet and mentor young people preparing for a career in public safety. We are able to instruct their courses, familiarize them with our training academy facility and provide them with a realistic view of today’s policing profession. Based on the recent graduates’ accounts, it was evident that they took great pride in being the first graduates of the program, and they feel uniquely prepared to pursue a career in Delaware law enforcement. We would be very proud to see them reach their full potential and serve side by side with all of us protecting our Delaware communities.”

The graduates will receive their associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Option in formal commencement ceremonies at Delaware Tech campuses on May 20, 21 and 22. The graduates are: Ryan B. Bowman (Camden), Steven Edward Bullins (Bear), Gabrielle L. Doron (Newark), Kyle J. Figgs (Wilmington), Benjamin R. Gorgoni (Newark), Michael Charles Hilliard (Middletown), Vincent E. Margherita Jr. (Middletown), Shadrack A. Minor, II (Dover), Mark H. Scullion (Wilmington), Wayne E. Smiley (Newark), Robert J. Spanier Jr. (Magnolia), Michele Lynn Wharton (Wilmington), Joshua D. Wootten (Wilmington), and Thomas E. Zucco (Newark).

Photo: 2013 Delaware Technical Community College Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Option graduates

Row 1 (left to right): Shadrack A. Minor, II; Michael Charles Hilliard; Ryan B. Bowman; Robert J. Spanier Jr.
Row 2 (left to right): Michele Lynn Wharton; Benjamin R. Gorgoni; Gabrielle L. Doron
Row 3 (left to right): Joshua D. Wootten; Wayne E. Smiley; Steven Edward Bullins; Vincent E. Margherita Jr.
Row 4 (left to right): Kyle J. Figgs; Thomas E. Zucco; Mark H. Scullion