Ricardo Barbosa came to California Career School back in January of 2011 and took our Homeland Security program. He came last week to tell us the good news! Ricardo is now the proud father of a baby boy, Evan! Congratulations from everyone here at CCS! Also, Ricardo received a promotion with his company three months ago. It seems like everything is going in the right direction, and what perfect timing. He is now a Post Commander at Universal Protection in Brea, CA. Ricardo told us that the most amazing thing about this promotion is that “most people do not receive a promotion like this until they have been with a company for 5-6 years, but I have only worked here for a year and a half”.
Ricardo used to work in construction before he came to CCS, so we asked him, why choose a vocational school? “Honestly,” Ricardo expressed, “construction wasn’t paying enough and I had a buddy that worked border patrol who told me that if I wanted to get into his field I would need to take a Homeland Security program”. Ricardo found us online and started here soon after.
So we went on to talk about firearms. Ricardo shared with us that he bought his first gun and that he received his license to carry an exposed weapon. “There are dangers, so you have to be careful.” Over the course of training, Roland, our course instructor, helped Ricardo refine a number of things, one being trigger reset while handling firearms. Another thing that Ricardo had trouble with was report writing, this may not be the most exciting part of the job, but everyone has to do it, especially in the police/sheriff department, “Roland really worked with me on this” and eventually he got it.
Ricardo told us that “Roland made the class! The best part of the class was learning baton training; we all had such a great time”. Ricardo is interested in working in the Sheriff’s department and because Roland is a retired LAPD, he has been able to help give advice. It is nice to hear that our students and instructors still keep in contact, especially since it has been over a year since Ricardo graduated. “Roland went over and beyond in all aspects of the class, I knew where my strengths and weaknesses [were],” he described. “Roland helped turn my weaknesses into strengths… There’s always room for improvement.”