HAYWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

185 FREEDLANDER DRIVE

CLYDE, NORTH CAROLINA 28721

CONTACT: DEBBIE DAVIS

PHONE: 627-4521

DATE: 4-7-02







FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BLET STUDENTS GRADUATE AT HCC

The Haywood Community College Continuing Education Department recently awarded certificates to six graduates of the college’s Basic Law Enforcement Training Program. These students attended the daytime training program.



To successfully complete the BLET program, the six men logged more than 728 hours of class time. They attended class five days a week and sometimes on the weekend. In all, the group had over 40 instructors who taught them a battery of skills, from firearm handling to driving.



Joseph Earl Wood of Murphy was chosen as the "Outstanding Cadet" of the graduating class and Daryl Martin of Cherokee was chosen as the "Top Gun Driver."

School Director Jeff Haynes commented on Wood’s dedication because he drove from Cherokee County each day to attend class.



Many of the graduates already have jobs lined up. According to Assistant School Director Scott Sutton, every graduate from the last BLET class has been placed in a position. The graduates from the Cherokee reservation must now attend federal training in Artesia, New Mexico this summer.



According to state mandate, the BLET school directors must be part-time or full-time law enforcement officials. School Director, Jeff Haynes is with the Haywood County sheriffs department. There are four Assistant School Directors—Scott Sutton with the Maggie Valley police department; Mark Banks with the Waynesville police department; and Fred Clontz with the Haywood County sheriffs department.

Graduates were Jason Owl, Frankie Bottchenbaugh, Joe Wood, Daryl Martin, Phillip Caldwell and David Rogers.

A new BLET class will be starting in July. Call the HCC Continuing Education Department at (828) 627-4617 for more information.

Cutline: Shown in photo from front to back. Assistant School Director Mark Banks, School Director Jeff Haynes, Jason Owl, Frankie Bottchenbaugh, Joe Wood, Daryl Martin, Phillip Caldwell, David Rogers, Assistant School Director Scott Sutton and Assistant School Director Fred Clontz.

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