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Chicago Police, Firefighter Training Academy program graduates 94 

 
Students take first step toward potential careers as public safety professionals
 

June 7, 2010

 

Ninety-four high school seniors marked their graduation today from the Chicago Public Schools Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy program during a ceremony attended by top city, county, school, city college and public safety officials.

 

The graduation ceremony at Illinois Institute of Technology’s Hermann Hall celebrated the accomplishments of students who have dedicated two years of their high school careers to future professions in public safety.

 

The program, now completing its 11th year, is a first step for high school students who are considering becoming law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics or emergency medical technicians. The 94 students come from a total of 54 CPS, private and parochial high schools throughout Chicago. Speakers and scheduled notable attendees included Mayor Richard M. Daley; CPS Chief Executive Officer Ron Huberman; Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, the evening’s keynote speaker; City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Cheryl Hyman; Chicago Police Supt. Jody P. Weis; and First Deputy Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Robert S. Hoff.

 

“Public service is an honorable calling and we salute these students for their interest and commitment to this program,” said Huberman, himself a former police officer. “Successfully completing the Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy program takes hard work and determination, and I congratulate all of these graduates and their families.”

 

The CPFTA program was developed jointly by the CPS Department of College and Career Preparation, the Chicago Police Department, the Chicago Fire Department and City Colleges of Chicago. The program recruits and trains more than 200 public and non-public high school students every year. Among the program’s goals is to provide a pool of qualified applicants for the Chicago Police and Fire Departments.

 

Applicants for the program must be Chicago residents, have a 95 percent school attendance rate and a minimum grade point average of 2.0, have permission from parent or guardian, and submit two letters of recommendation. All applicants must also undergo a personal interview, complete a background check which includes fingerprinting, and have no record of felony arrests or convictions.

 

Years 1 and 2 of CPFTA are implemented at the Chicago Police and Fire Academies as an after-school program, conducted for about two hours a day three days per week from September through June. Years 3 and 4 are implemented at City College of Chicago. This part of the program consists of 65 credit hours leading to an associate’s degree in public safety. The curriculum includes courses in core academic disciplines, in public service and criminal justice and in the behavioral sciences.

 

“We encourage CPFTA graduates to enroll at one of the City Colleges of Chicago.  Completing general studies and an associate’s degree at our community colleges is a smart and cost-effective way to pursue higher education, said Chancellor Cheryl Hyman.  “We commend the class of 2010 graduates and welcome all of them to the City Colleges of Chicago next year.” 

 

The program’s curriculum allows juniors and seniors who are Chicago residents to progress from high school to any one of the City Colleges of Chicago to complete a two-year associate in applied arts degree in public safety.

 

In addition to high school and college training, CPFTA students participate in a paid summer internship to promote better understanding of all aspects of careers in public safety.

 

“These students for the past two years have committed time after their regular school day to the important lessons of public safety,” Huberman said. “It is worth noting that CPFTA is not your average after-school program. It is not fun and games. It is physically rigorous and it is meant to toughen you mentally. Those who we are recognizing tonight have truly persevered and achieved.”

 

City Colleges of Chicago, District 508, includes Richard J. Daley College, Kennedy-King College, Malcolm X College, Olive-Harvey College, Harry S. Truman College, Harold Washington College and Wilbur Wright College.  WYCC-TV Channel 20, a public broadcast station, is also part of the City Colleges system.  For more information about City Colleges of Chicago, call (773) COLLEGE or visit www.ccc.edu.

 

A complete list of the Chicago Police and Fire Training Academy program graduates and their high schools follows.

 

 

Hakim              

Abdullah           

Chicago  High School for Agricultural Sciences

Steven             

Acevedo            

CICS - Northtown

Oladipo            

Ajenifuja           

Global Vision Academy

Alexander          

Alfaro             

Lane Tech High School

Anthony            

Alvarez

Phoenix Military Academy

Edgar              

Barban             

Kennedy High School

Santanna            

Benford            

Wells High School

Marlon             

Berkhalter         

Harlan High School

Lockreg            

Blackwell          

Julian High School

Timothy            

Brooks             

DeVry High School

Dominique                        

Brown             

De La Salle Institute                                    

Orlando  

Brown          

CICS - Ralph Ellison

Jade               

Bryant             

Longwood Academy

Austin

Burke

Guerin Prep High School

Michal             

Buron              

Kennedy High School

Carl               

Castle             

Taft High School

Alicia             

Clifton            

Simeon Academy

Abelino            

Corral             

Jones College Prep

Erickson           

Delacruz           

Prosser Career Academy

Dominic

Dimaggio

Marist High School

Desmon             

Dykes              

Von Steuben High School

Nancy              

Escobedo           

Kelvyn Park High School

Alvaro             

Flores             

Rauner College Prep

Shaina             

Gonzalez           

Steinmetz High School

Amber              

Gordon             

Harlan High School

Alonzo             

Hall               

Dunbar High School

Laquesha           

Hampton            

Hirsch High School

Tyreace            

Hare                

Raby High School

Cornelis

Hayes

CICS  - Ralph Ellison

Miguel             

Hernandez          

Kelly High School

Ramon              

Hernandez, Jr.        

Richards Career Academy

Tallor             

Houston            

Brooks College Prep

Joshua             

Isom               

Washington High School

Benjamin           

Jaffe              

Jones College Prep

Luis

Jaime

Hancock High School

Leroy              

Johnson            

Hyde Park Academy

Ebony              

Knight              

Hirsch High School

Jan                

Kulach             

Hubbard High School

Rebecca            

Lagunas            

Kennedy High School

Deonta             

Lewis              

Morgan Park High School

Anthony            

Martinez            

Phoenix Military

Alexis             

Martinez           

Lakeview High School

Matthew            

Mata               

Taft High School

Breah              

Mcbride            

Hyde Park Academy

Ryan               

McDermott          

Taft High School

Samuel             

Morales            

Richards Career Academy

Anthony            

Morales            

Curie Career Academy

Thomas

Munley

DeLaSalle Institute

Joshua             

Navarro            

Prosser Career Academy

Guadalupe          

Negrete            

Washington High School

Alondra            

Nevarez            

Lane Tech High School

Timothy            

Onofrei            

Lane Tech High School

Melissa

Pacheco

Hancock High School

Bruno              

Paixao              

Taft High School

Ariel              

Pantig             

Taft High School

Adriana

Pedroza

King College Prep

Jiovonnie          

Poole              

Von Steuben High School

Michael

Pufpaf

St. Patrick High School

Dale               

Ramirez            

Morgan Park High School

Shawn              

Reid               

Lane Tech High School

Sean               

Rettmueller        

Amundsen High School

Lanai              

Richardson         

Noble Street College Prep High School

Michael            

Rivera             

Kelvyn Park High School

Cristian           

Rivera             

Prosser Career Academy

Joseph

Rizzo

St. Patrick High School

Brenda             

Rodriguez          

Curie Career Academy

Emily              

Rodriguez          

North Side College Prep High School

Jeremy             

Rodriguez          

Lane Tech High School

Mark               

Rodriguez          

Lane Tech High School

Jonathan           

Rojas              

Taft High School

Lilia               

Ruiz               

Wells High School

David              

Rzany              

Schurz High School

Andrew

Sammarco

St. Patrick High School

Shamari            

Shorter            

Best Practice High School

Anthony            

Sis                 

Lane Tech High School

Victor             

Smith              

Rickover Navel Academy

Thomas

Sullivan IV

Marist High School

Tierah             

Tate               

Julian High School

Cordarius          

Taylor             

Kenwood Academy

Remona             

Tookes             

Harlan High School

Mark

Vanek

Mount Carmel High School

Charlie            

Villada            

Richards Career Academy

Agustin            

Villanueva

Infinity High School

Denise             

Villegas            

Prosser Career Academy

Sean               

Ward               

Lane Tech High School

Nikko              

Warr               

Bowen High School

Dyandrea           

Wells              

Best Practice High School

Albert             

Williams           

Longwood Academy

Krystal            

Wilson             

DuSable High School

Ariel              

Wilson             

Lincoln Park High School

Lakiwana           

Woods              

Hope College Prep

Ashley             

Worden              

Taft High School

Shelicia           

Young              

Dunbar High School

Cynthia            

Zavala             

Steinmetz High School

 

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