Sierra College taps local law enforcement expert
Ryan Summerlin December 16, 2013
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — With an extensive military and civilian law enforcement career, John Weaver promises to bring real-world expertise as well as enthusiasm to Administration of Justice Pathways, one of the required courses for the Administration of Justice Associate’s degree offered by Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee.
The class, which will meet on Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:40 p.m., Jan. 30 through May 22, is open to all adults and high school students who are interested in learning about law enforcement hiring procedures and labor market trends.
“I want to help students become critical thinkers. In addition to understanding the steps needed to build a successful law enforcement career, students will learn to make decisions based on all of the information available,” said Weaver.
Students will complete a resume, write a personal statement, gain insights on the hiring process and have the opportunity to practice interviewing.
During the last 22 years Weaver has worked as a deputy, sergeant, lieutenant, on patrol, in corrections, as part of the Special Enforcement Team, Dive Team, Search and Rescue and the list goes on. He has worked locally for more than 12 years with the last three as a Lieutenant based in North Lake Tahoe.
Earlier in his career, Weaver was a survival and parachute instructor in the military, where his work included a focus on nuclear weapons, infantry, military police and serving as a life support technician. In addition to being on active duty, he was in the National Guard.
When asked about the characteristics required to be successful in law enforcement, Weaver’s response echoes demands from private sector employers and other industries — communication skills.
“Two of the most important skills are writing and communication. These two skills make up 80 percent of law enforcement work. We are communicating with people every day and must be able to articulate what is communicated on a daily basis,” explains Weaver. He reminisces about one of his former English teachers who used to say, “If it’s not in writing, it doesn’t exist.”
Weaver attended community colleges in Kansas and California and holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute and University.
“We are absolutely thrilled that John will be teaching at Sierra College. His sense of humor, vast knowledge base and experience on patrol and in the office will inspire and help prepare our diverse group of students to enter the workforce,” said Dr. Kim Bateman, Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee’s executive dean.
In addition to Weaver’s Pathways class, Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee is offering additional Administration of Justice classes during the spring semester: Introduction to Investigation taught by Adam McGill, Truckee’s Chief of Police and Introduction to Evidence taught by Michael Fox, a Washoe County deputy sheriff.
Administration of Justice Pathways enrollment is open to adults and high school students grades ninth-12th interested in law enforcement. According to the Bureaus of Labor Statistics’ occupational outlook handbook, employment opportunities for police and detectives is expected to grow by 7 percent in the decade leading up to 2020. Continued demand for public safety will lead to new openings for officers in local departments according to BLS.
Enrollment is open at www.sierracollege.edu. Tuition is $46 a unit. In addition to career and technical education, Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee offers general education degrees, community education classes and an interactive monthly presentation series.
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE)
Sierra College’s CTE program includes an array of disciplines to tap a variety of interests and build specific skill sets that prepare students for professional level employment opportunities within three to four semesters. There are more than a handful of distinct programs offered on the Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee campus that directly relate to local labor markets needs. These include accounting, administration of justice, business, computer information systems, emergency medical technician training, early childhood development, graphic design, Mechatronics, nutrition and photography.
For more information, visit sierracollege.edu or visit the Tahoe-Truckee campus located at 11001 College Trail in Truckee.
Nicole Cheslock holds a master’s degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Education and is a career education liaison for Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee. She can be reached at 530-548-5010.
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