MIDWAY, Fla. (May 14,
2013) – Recently, Representative Steve Southerland visited Tallahassee
Community College’s Florida Public Safety Institute to talk with dual
enrollment students. Representative Southerland shared a message of
encouragement—urging the students to connect with a vision for the future and
to understand that education is an investment in themselves.
The Gadsden County School
system students Representative Southerland addressed are participating in a
dual enrollment program that allows them to take TCC courses for credit or
attend TCC’s Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy while still in high school.
Earlier in the year, students from the program had an opportunity to visit
Washington D.C. and meet with Representative Southerland at his Capitol office.
“We were thrilled to
welcome Representative Southerland into our classroom and for our students to
have the opportunity to hear him speak,” said Robert Mixson. “Programs like
these would not be possible without his support. We’re very proud of this
program and the students that accept its challenges—and it’s great that
Representative Southerland had a chance to see it firsthand.”
“The class of 14 students
we have enrolled now are the most inquisitive, disciplined and motivated class
we have had. I’m very grateful to Representative Southerland for making time to
come talk with them,” said Andrea Blalock, FPSI’s Corrections Coordinator. “The
Corrections Officer dual enrollment program is life-changing for students that
participate. We give students hands-on experience and thoroughly prepare them
for entry level positions in corrections. After successfully completing this
program, students can be catapulted into middleclass economic status at the age
of nineteen. I expect great things from this group.”
The dual enrollment
program at FPSI has provided training to over 100 dual-enrolled high school
students in corrections, security, or public safety telecommunications. For
more information about these programs, contact the Florida Public Safety
Institute at (850) 201-7000.