IVC presented $1 million for law enforcement, medical courses

Friday, September 7, 2018

As excerpted from the Imperial Valley Press:

IMPERIAL — Students at Imperial Valley College seeking careers in the medical field or in law enforcement will benefit from $1 million in funding from the state of California that will institute a new correctional academy as well as enhance its medical assistant program.

“This funding will enable Imperial Valley College to create a correctional academy that is aligned with the state of California standards and training for corrections,” Dr. Martha Garcia, IVC superintendent and president, said during a Thursday afternoon press conference in the college administration building. “Students who successfully complete this training will be prepared to work at county jails and detention facilities. We are planning to start the correctional academy in fall 2019 with 24 students.”

The funding also will assist the college with the development of a full-time medical assistant program that will train about 30 students each year, Dr. Garcia added.

“The students will earn a certificate of achievement and will be prepared to work in hospitals, clinics and medical offices,” Dr. Garcia said.

The money is sourced from the Workforce Development in Economically Stressed Communities fund and is being awarded through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. The money also will fund lighting on the IVC running track that will enable evening use of that facility.

Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D-56th District, on Thursday afternoon presented a symbolic check for that amount to Dr. Garcia, during a press conference in the college administration building. Assemblyman Garcia worked in Sacramento to direct the funding to Imperial Valley College as part of the 2018-19 state budget.

“We are truly indebted to Assemblymember Garcia for his assistance in helping us obtain these funds,” Dr. Garcia said.

The new correctional academy and the enhanced medical program both will “have a direct correlation to the employment and economic opportunities to this region,” Assemblyman Garcia said during the conference. “Corrections [and] law enforcement certainly is a field that we know will continue to grow, not because there is a bunch of bad people, not because our goal is to continue to build more prisons as opposed to schools, but because the law enforcement arena is a place that will always need … a trained, skilled workforce.”

The correctional academy will meet the demand for future staffing of the recently opened Imperial County Sheriff’s Office standalone jail facility, Martha Garcia said in a prepared statement.

“Successful correctional academy graduates will be prepared to apply for positions in county jails and detention facilities,” she said, adding the academy will add to the law enforcement training opportunities available at IVC.