RAVENNA, OH – Maplewood Career Center has added a Police Academy to its Adult Education program offerings to begin in May 2017. The program’s official title is the Northeast Ohio Law Enforcement Training Academy and is certified by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA).

Maplewood is now accepting applications for the seven-month program (695 hours). All applications are due by March 31. The cost of the program is $4,900 and payment plans are available to individuals who qualify. Maplewood will begin interviewing applicants in April and all applicants will be notified of their status prior to the May 2017 start date.

“We are excited to add this program to our adult education offerings,” said Michael Hinton, Director of Workforce Development and Adult Education at Maplewood. “It’s our goal to provide a variety of opportunities that allow individuals to further their education in a career path of their choice.”

To register, contact Maplewood Career Center at 330.296.2892 Monday through Thursday from 2-9 p.m., or register at www.mwood.cc. All applicants are required to complete a drug test, physical and background check. Expenses associated with these tests are covered by the applicant.

The program will be taught by Police Academy Commander David Wert, Director of Law Enforcement Training Harry Lovejoy and Lead Instructor and Commander of the Private Security Academy Dan McCue.

Wert is the current commander of the Basic Police Academy at NOLETA and the Ravenna Police Department. He has 25 years of experience in Basic Police Academy training and 30 years as a certified Peace Officer.

Lovejoy was the former Chief of Police with the Leetonia Police Department. He has a vast background in law enforcement and training. Lovejoy has obtained 35 certifications with several being at the instructor level.

McCue was a Police Officer with the Peninsula Police Department in Ohio and the Clearwater Police Department in Florida. He has a vast background in law enforcement and training. His main focus will be administration, legal, human relations, homeland security and patrol operations in the Peace Officers Training Academy.

A college affiliation agreement has been established with The University of Akron. Upon successful completion of the Training Academy, The University of Akron will accept 23 hours toward a bachelor’s degree. Maplewood is also working on an articulation agreement with Lorain Community College. If approved, Lorain Community College will accept up to 33 credit hours toward an associate degree for all students who successfully complete the Training Academy. Both affiliation agreements will set Maplewood's Training Academy apart from other surrounding academies.

“We look forward to the start of this program,” said Superintendent Randall Griffith. “Individuals registered will receive extensive training and experience from our highly qualified instructors. The college affiliation agreement is a great opportunity that provides students the benefit of receiving college credit hours while completing their police academy training at Maplewood.”

The Career Center will also begin offering advanced training for current police officers. Additional details will be released once they are available.

For more information about Maplewood Career Center, please visit www.mwood.cc.