Heights seniors earn peace officer certification

Ten Heights High seniors are OPOTA certified. Back row (from left): Darryl Collins, Jumal Fisher, Kyle Mattox, Jetayzia Lee and Rashawn Creer. Front row: Tajah Simmons, Marie Carstarphen, Maya Sparks, Maya Stevenson and Armonni Whittiker.

Ten seniors in the Heights High Criminal Justice program have received Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy (OPOTA) certification. Students also earned college credits from Tri-C Community College and Bryant & Stratton College.

OPOTA is part of Heights High’s Career and Technical Education program, and is taught by Commander Johnnie Lemons, a retired Ohio State Patrol trooper.

The certification qualifies students for employment in private security. Additional certifications earned by the students are in CPR, first aid, automated external defibrillator, and 12 sections of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

A partnership with the two colleges grants students up to 23 Tri-C credits and up to 19 Bryant & Stratton credits.

Joy Henderson

Joy Henderson is the parent/community liaison for Heights High.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 8:20 AM, 05.01.2018