VC Law Enforcement Academy No. 89 graduates 17
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Seventeen students received their Victoria College Law Enforcement Academy certificates of completion during the Dec. 15 ceremony at VCs Emerging Technology Complex.

Seventeen students from Victoria College’s Law Enforcement Academy Class No. 89 received their certificates of completion during a Dec. 15 graduation ceremony held at VC’s Emerging Technology Complex.

Victoria College President Dr. David Hinds provided the opening remarks and VC Law Enforcement Academy Director James Martinez presented the certificates.

The speaker for the event was Victoria Police Department Assistant Chief John Ray.

“I want to commend you on your decision to enter this profession,” Ray said. “The first and most important thing for you to do is to fulfill the obligations and promises you have already made or will be making to an oath. But that’s still not enough. You have to go further. You have to hone your craft. You have to hone your skills. You need to come back to Victoria College or some college like it to get a well-rounded education.”

Ashley Rendon, who was named class leader of the 17 students, began working at the Victoria Police Department as a records clerk two years ago. She informed VPD Chief Jeff Craig almost a year ago that she wanted to work in a different capacity.

“I have been around law enforcement my entire life. I have family members who have been in law enforcement for years since I was 3 years old,” Rendon said. “The thought came to me the first of the year to start training and join the academy.”

The 22-year-old Rendon, who was sponsored by VPD, said the Victoria College Law Enforcement Academy’s 16-week training provided her with the necessary skills and knowledge to begin a career as a police officer.

“It takes a special person to do this job,” Rendon said. “I think the academy gets you prepared mentally and physically for that job.”

Joshua Solis, 27, was named valedictorian of the class and plans on joining the Refugio County Sheriff’s Office in January. Solis had worked as a diagnostic medical stenographer before deciding to seek a career in law enforcement.

“I was just looking for a change of pace,” Solis said. “I had worked in corrections before, so I figured I may as well pursue this. The academy really helped prepare me for situations I may experience in the field.”

Tyler Kennemer received the John F. Baylor Award for outstanding achievement. Other students receiving their certificates were Nathan Morin, Samantha Carter, Samantha Hall, Marty Lonis, Joshua Larson, Jason Garcia, Chelsea Trevors, Steven Castaneda, Roy Salazar, Amber Hume, Carmen Rojas, Joshua Mann, Travis Campbell and Dinah Retiz.

All 17 students passed the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) exam to become licensed peace officers in Texas.

Pictured are, front row from left, Nathan Morin and Samantha Carter; second row, Samantha Hall, Marty Lonis, Joshua Larson and Jason Garcia; third row, Chelsea Trevors, Steven Castaneda, Joshua Solis, Roy Salazar and Amber Hume; and, back row, Carmen Rojas, Tyler Kennemer, Joshua Mann, Travis Campbell and Dinah Retiz.

VC will be offering another academy during the Spring 2017 semester. The academy is conducted Monday through Friday, with classes meeting 8 to 10 hours per day. Some night and weekend training dates are also required throughout the course.


For information on VC’s Law Enforcement Academy, contact Martinez at (361) 572-6449 or

Published: Wednesday, 21 December 2016

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