Butte College's first-ever California State Parks Academy is officially underway. Cadets of Class #38 were addressed and welcomed by the Director of California State Parks, Major General Anthony L. Jackson, USMC (Ret.) and Butte College President, Dr. Kimberly Perry.
"We are proud to have been selected as the training facility for California's resource agencies to train their peace officers," said Dr. Kimberly Perry, Butte College President. "Since our campus is a wildlife refuge located on 928 acres, our campus was a natural choice and offers the perfect facilities and training grounds not only for California State Parks but also California Fish and Wildlife."
The California State Parks Basic Visitor Services Training (BVST) cadets of Class #38 started their academy. The anticipated graduation date for BVST #38 is June 20th, 2014. There are a total of 23 cadets including 22 rangers and one lifeguard in the academy. California State Parks staff teaching the BVST Class #38 include Denise Rist, Academy Coordinator and Matt Cardinet, Cadet Training Officer.
"Butte College was selected to offer academy training to California State Parks employees for our highly regarded, state-of-the-art academies already offered for law enforcement, fire, and the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife," said Mike Maloney, Director of the Public Safety Training Center. "This academy involves a 957 hour program with curriculum. It's the same program that we offer with our law enforcement academy, but this academy is tailored especially for State Parks employees. The cadets are new employees of California State Parks and have positions through the agency."
Another California State Parks academy will be offered by Butte College in Fall 2014.