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EAC’s fourth MVD class graduates

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EAC’s fourth MVD class graduates

By Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College entered into a partnership with the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division Enforcement Services (MVD) in the fall of 2003 to provide the Specialty Officer Academy that is required to become Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officers. On May 5, the Spring 2006 class completed their eight-week intensive training academy and a commencement ceremony was held in the Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center Lee Little Theatre. On hand for the event were numerous MVD officials including Commander Michael Veucasovic; Sergeant Dina Rodriguez; the Honorable Judge Linda Hale; and Chief Ric Athey.

In attendance from Eastern were Dean of Instruction Dr. Hal Weaver, who was also the guest speaker at the event; Criminal Justice Coordinator Steve Johnson; and Assistant Dean of Students Holly Pascoe.

During the ceremony, Academy Commander Michael Veucasovic presented Dr. Weaver with a plaque in appreciation for the partnership and cooperation provided by EAC.

Following the ceremony, the class moved outdoors for a badge pinning ceremony involving family and friends.

“The MVD and EAC have a wonderful relationship in training law enforcement professionals for the 21st Century,” said Steve Johnson. “Their confidence in our facilities and operations is demonstrated by their willingness to bring cadets to the Gila Valley from throughout the state for this important training. We greatly enjoy their partnership with us.”

Graduates of the academy are: Curtis Anderson, Terrolyn Cheek, Annie Ho, and Ryan Van Patten of Glendale; Shannon Collier, Michelle Garcia, and David Westphal of Ehrenberg; Darlene Gilpin and Lynne Roberts of Mesa; Maria Gonzalez and Debbie Simmons of San Simon; Richarde Holguin, Gerardo Ramirez, and Sheri Thomas of Douglas; Lan Lee and Freddie Ratliff of Tempe; Thomas LeFevre of Sanders; Victor Long of Sierra Vista; Michael Mandell of St. George, Utah; Guy Ropchak of Topock; Antonio Solis of Nogales; Roy Stanifer of Prescott; and David Tichnel of Page.

The next Specialty Officer Academyis scheduled to be held at EAC in Spring 2007. 30