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Kirtland and Veterans. Partners for Success.

Regardless of where you are on your educational journey, Kirtland is here to help you realize your career goals. This Week @ Kirtland, we are especially proud to announce the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) selected Kirtland Community College and Grand Valley State University (GVSU) as the only two colleges in the state to offer a new, fast-track basic police training academy for men and women who served in the armed forces as a military police officer. 


Kirtland selected to offer fast-track basic police training academy for vets

Kirtland selected to offer fast-track basic police training academy for vets

After serving in the military, transitioning back into civilian life can sometimes be a challenge.  Through a new program announced in February, MCOLES and Kirtland will partner to provide opportunities to veterans who served as military police while in the armed forces.  The Military Police Basic Training Program (MPBTP) offers qualifying military police veterans an opportunity to attend a six week basic police training academy, rather than the full course of study. Curriculum includes legal matters, patrol procedures, detention, police skills, traffic, and special operations.


“Kirtland is excited to have the opportunity to facilitate this pilot program.  This initiative provides vets with the training, services and support they need to get back into the civilian workforce ASAP,” said Kirtland Policy Academy director Tom Grace.  “Our advisors, student financial services specialists and support services staff are up to speed on all aspects of the program.  Kirtland is a military-friendly school.  Our goal is to help interested vets get the maximum support available through the VA, the GI Bill and all of the resources available to our vets,” Grace added.


Complete information about the federal educational benefit programs available to veterans, dependents, and selected reservists is available on Kirtland’s website at  Or, call (989) 275-5000, ext. 257, to speak to a Student Financial Services advisor trained to help veterans access the programs and funding sources available to offset tuition costs.


Kirtland will conduct the sessions in association with Northwestern Michigan College and the Northern Michigan Law Enforcement Training Group.  Although specific program details and operation dates have not been finalized, Kirtland plans to offer its first basic military police training program within the next several months and GVSU will launch its training program in June 2013.  Current, updated information about the MPBTP training programs is available at,4607,7-229–292550–,00.html.


Any military police veteran interested in this program must meet all MCOLES pre-employment standards, including passing the physical fitness test (exit standard), and the reading/writing examination.  In addition, applicants must:

  • Have performed as a military police officer for a minimum of 2080 hours in a specified law enforcement occupational specialty (MOS);
  • Have satisfactorily completed military police training at a federal service school;
  • Possess an honorable discharge or be currently serving;
  • Have discontinued employment in the specified law enforcement MOS for no more than five years before the start of the program;
  • Have proof of Professional Rescuer certification that is valid throughout the duration of the MPBTP.


For more information on applying for the MPBTP program through Kirtland Community College, contact Ms. Joyce Nelson at 517-636-0699 (


And remember – freedom isn’t free.  Thank a vet…each and every time you have the opportunity!


To learn more about the programs, advising, testing, financial aid and other services available to students, contact 989-275-5000, extension 258, or visit us online.  And, as always, you are invited to drop in and check us out at, follow us on Twitter at, and like us on Facebook at

Your future.  It’s closer than you think.  And it all begins @ Kirtland!