STC becomes learning experience for veteran police officer
Student of the Week: George Barreiro
As an experienced law enforcement officer, George Barreiro says entering South Texas College has opened exciting possibilities for his chosen career, even as he considers his future.
George began at STC in fall 2018. He is now set to graduate with an Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement, and then plans to continue his education by pursuing a Bachelor degree in Organizational Leadership.
He has worked full time with the South Texas College Department of Public Safety as a Police Officer since 2014. Prior to his employment, at South Texas College, he worked for Peñitas Police Department as a Patrol Officer, and later held several positions while working for McAllen ISD Police Department.
George also has experience working as a Patrol/Campus Corporal, Investigator, K9 Corporal Supervisor and Trainer, Liaison to HITA, among other roles within the law enforcement profession. He currently has a Master Peace Officer License and continues instructing other Law Enforcement Officers in areas such as Advance Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) K9 training, ASP, Taser and Firearms.
“In order to succeed in life, a student must choose a career that they have a passion for, and something that their heart is calling out for. This will help develop that drive to succeed in college.”
"My unique approach is to plan way ahead,” George says regarding how he approaches education. “My family and fellow co-workers are constantly checking my progress and are always giving me the encouragement not to give-up. This encouragement has pushed me to my limits.
“When I first started on this journey, I took minimester courses and gradually increased it to four courses in a semester plus working a full-time job,” he said.
The Law Enforcement Associate Degree program at STC offers the educational opportunity for veteran officers already in the field to expand upon their knowledge base. The program provides the necessary foundation for those interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement.
STC also offers its Basic Peace Officer certificate that enables prospective police academy students to learn the role and responsibilities of a law enforcement officer, and become knowledgeable in Texas Criminal and Traffic law.
“In order to succeed in life, a student must choose a career that they have a passion for, and something that their heart is calling out for. This will help develop that drive to succeed in college,” George says about success in college and beyond. “If it begins to get difficult there are resources available, and fellow classmates who are willing to help you. Don’t give up. Push through it and you will be fine.”