Firearms training during a recent BLET Academy at Beaufort County Community College.
Firearms training during a recent BLET Academy at Beaufort County Community College.

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BCCC Briefs, June 8, 2014

Published 10:17pm Saturday, June 7, 2014


Applications being accepted for BLET Night Academy 2014 

Applications are now being accepted for the Basic Law Enforcement Training Night Academy at Beaufort County Community College that will begin in August.

The deadline to submit application packages for the 16-week academy is Thursday, July 31. The Fall 2014 Night Academy is scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 18.

Those interested in applying for admittance to the program should obtain their application packages by Thursday, June 26, in order to allow adequate time to complete all the needed information to enroll in the program.

BCCC offers the BLET program accredited by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Commission. It is designed to give students the skills needed for entry-level employment as law enforcement officers with state, county or municipal law enforcement or private enterprise. Successful completion of a BLET academy also fulfills 18 hours or one semester of the requirements for an associate’s degree in criminal justice.

The BLET course consists of 33 different subject areas including criminal, juvenile, civil, traffic and alcohol beverage laws; investigative, patrol, custody and court procedures; emergency responses, and ethics and community relations.

Anyone seeking to become a sworn officer with a law enforcement agency in North Carolina must take the course in its entirety and pass the state exam.

Instructors for the course will be from a wide range of agencies and specialty areas.

To be considered for the class, applicants should schedule an interview with Larry Barnes, program director, complete an application packet and must undergo a certified criminal history record check prior to registering for classes. Applicants are required to undergo a medical examination, provide proof of U.S. citizenship and must have graduated from high school or have earned a high school equivalency degree, among other requirements.

Tuition and fees for the BLET academy are $1,176 for in-state students and $4,248 for out-of-state students. The cost of requisite textbooks and uniform are about $650 additional. Tuition charges may be waived for those who obtain a sponsorship from a local law enforcement agency, according to Barnes.

For more information about the BLET night classes, interested persons can contact Pauline Godley, administrative assistant for Law Enforcement Programs, by visiting Building 2 on the BCCC campus, by telephone at 252-940-6232 or by email at Information may also be obtained by contacting Barnes by telephone at 252-940-6374 or by email at for an application packet.  Those interested can also obtain information about the college’s BLET program by visiting BCCC’s website at


BCCC College for Kids 2014 schedule announced

The worlds of sailing, hunting, video games and sewing the activities young people can explore during College for Kids 2014 at Beaufort County Community College.

The Division of Continuing Education will offer classes, generally, in one-week blocks, beginning July 14 and ending August 14. The registration deadline is June 30. All classes are offered on the BCCC campus.

The class schedule is as follows:

Boating Safety Course for students ages 13 and over. Participants will learn to skipper a boat with confidence through America’s Boating Course. The course will cover basic boating safety, equipment, rules of the road and weather and will incorporate the Boating Guide for North Carolina. The course will be presented by the U.S. Power Squadron. It will be 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, July 14 to 17, in Room 827 of Building 8. A course textbook will be available for $40. A course fee of $5 will be charged.

Hunter Safety Course, provided by the Hunter Education Program of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. The course will teach students not only about firearm safety but also about the ethics and responsibility of hunting, survival, first aid and tree stand safety, among other topics. The class will be 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, July 28-30, in Room 827 of Building 8. A course fee of $5 will be charged.

How to Make a great Video Game! for students ages 9 and over. Have a great idea for a video game? Instructor Ken Robol will use Gamesalad to teach participates to make a video game for Android telephones. The course will be 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, July 21 to 24 in Room 822 of Building 8. Class size is limited to 15 participants. The registration fee is $50.

Sewing for Tweens and Teens for students in the sixth through 10th grades. Students registering for this course must have taken Beginning Sewing for Fun in order to register for the course. This class will cover intermediate sewing techniques such as measuring, cutting, and stitching by hand, among other topics. Instructor Linda Batchelor will guide students in making a book bag, and, time permitting, a project of their choice.  The class will be 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, August 11 to 14, in Room 830 of Building 8. Class size is limited to 12 participants. The registration fee is $50.

Because class size is limited, admission to College for Kids 2014 is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Class assignments are based on the grade a student will enter in the fall. Materials lists are available once classes have met their minimum enrollment.

For more information about these classes or for a College for Kids 2014 application, contact Justin Rose, Special Projects coordinator, at 252-940-6262 or by email BCCC accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Checks payable to Beaufort County Community College may be mailed to the attention of Eva Peartree, 5337 U.S. Highway 264 East, Washington, NC 27889.

Information about other continuing education classes at BCCC is available on the Internet at


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