Brake is first complete new MCC program

Special to QCS

Leonard Brake, an officer with the Department of Public Safety and Motor Transportation Division of the New Mexico State Police, has become a first at Mesalands Community College (MCC).

Brake completed the Public Administration-Law Enforcement program at MCC in December and will be the first to receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in the new program, according to a press release from MCC.
The program is designed to allow law enforcement officers to continue their education – no matter where they are assigned to serve and what their schedule may be. It is done by taking courses through MCC’s Distance Education options through Internet classes and the Video College, the release said.

Law Enforcement personnel who have successfully completed State Police Academy training are granted 30 college credits toward their Associates of Applied Science degree in this special program. After the successful completion of an additional 35 credits, as outlined in the program, the student becomes eligible for the degree, the release said.

“I didn’t take a class that I didn’t need in this program,” said Brake. “I immediately saw benefits to taking the classes, from helping perform my duties better to fewer rejections of reports and paperwork.”

Brake now plans to continue his education and in the same manner, with Distance Education.

“I am looking at starting work on a bachelor’s degree and may do it at Mesalands with the program offered through Franklin University,” said Brake.