Public Safety Program Celebrates Graduates

Fire Service Technology student Austin Curtis greets Kevin Platts during graduation
December 19, 2019

College of Western Idaho (CWI) Law Enforcement and Fire Service Technology students celebrated during their graduation ceremonies at the Nampa Civic Center on Thursday, Dec. 12.

This was a historic first for the Fire Service Technology program as the initial group of 15 students graduated from CWI’s new program.

“Our students are the best of the best that the Treasure Valley has to offer and want to serve our community as active-duty firefighters with local departments,” said Kevin Platts, Director of Public Safety programs. “We could not be any happier for them in the way they approached and completed this program.”

The Fire Service ceremony included speeches from Platts; President Bert Glandon; Chief Kirk Carpenter, with the Nampa Fire Department; and Sherri Ybarra, Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Idaho State Department of Education.

Family and friends looked on as nine Law Enforcement graduates recited the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics, administered by LeRoy Forsman, Senior Program Coordinator.

"We are extremely proud of our graduates," said Brett Reid, Director of Law Enforcement at CWI. "They are an exceptional group who have consistently exhibited the qualities and abilities required to protect and serve our communities.”