Homeland Security Grad

Walter David Hinds, athlete and hunter, came to California Career School back in October last year. He has a son in Afghanistan and is a graduate of various weapons and training schools.

We asked him, why choose a vocational school? “Honestly,” David expressed, “I needed the permits.” He talked about his weapons training, being an edge weapon instructor, avidly participating in jujitsu and all kinds of other activities. Yet, application after application, employers would press him, “Where’s your permit for pepperspray?” or “Where’s your permit for baton training?” Some employers told him that his concealed carry weapons permit was not valid for the job—that he needed a regular firearms carry permit. That’s how David Hinds stopped by our front door here at California Career School. He earned his firearms permit, pepperspray training permit, baton permit, first aid/CPR permit, and finally his guard card.

“Right now, I’m headed to the gym,” he joked. “Right now, I’m focusing on one job,” David referred to Social Security or any Veteran’s building. “I’ll apply to other different places. I’m a protective agent,” he explained, “that’s what I enjoy.”

So we went on to talk about firearms. He described to me a situation some time ago when he was approached by some individuals out in Moreno Valley and was shot twice in the chest during a robbery. “There’s dangers, so you have to be careful. Good things happen from [guns]—bad things happen from [guns].” When the robbery occurred, he thought, “I didn’t really think anything would ever happen to me.” David expressed that, no matter how prepared you feel to be, there are always threats.

Fast forward to today, after his completion of the Homeland Security and Investigations Course. He talked about the importance of keeping face as a security officer and to use the mind before resorting to force. He said, “Always got to keep sharp. You have to balance it out. You don’t want to be hurting someone for no reason.” Over the course of training, Roland, our course instructor, helped David refine a number of things, one being trigger reset while handling firearms. Another more personal type of focus was David’s left eye dominance, which he had previously been unaware of. Adjustments in firearm grip and technique needed to be made because of this.

“I knew where my strengths and weaknesses [were],” he described. “Roland helped turn my weaknesses into strengths… There’s always room for improvement. I definitely feel improved.”

From Graduate to Job Promotion

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.”

 

What You’ll Learn in Security Training

Ever wonder what it takes to get into the security field? What types of training do employers want for their employees? At California Career School, we train our students to enter the security field fully prepared for what employers are looking for.

  • Obtain a guard card and be certified by the State
  • Obtain a firearms permit – practice at a licensed firearms training facility
  • Obtain first aid/CPR certification
  • Obtain a baton permit
  • Obtain pepperspray certification
  • Complete school security guard training as outlined by the BSIS

On top of these certifications, graduates receive placement assistance in order to help their transition into the security industry.

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