in the thick of the holiday season, a collection of students from SUNY Erie
Community College’s Law Enforcement Training Academy (LETA) took time away from
classes and course exercises to selflessly assist members of their Western New
December 11, eight recruits—along with LETA instructor John Chiarello—banded
together to assist St. Andrew R.C. Church in Sloan with its annual Nativity
display. Tasked with moving and assembling a 600 lb. handmade manger, the group
braved the parish’s snowbound expanse to complete the set-up for parishioners
and visitors headed to the church throughout Advent season and for upcoming
percent of our parishioners are over the age of 65, so we can’t get a lot of
volunteers able to do this,” said Pat Noga, St. Andrew’s parish office manager
since 1991. “When we found out the students were coming over, we were ecstatic.
[The manger] is now up in a timely fashion, and we’re all so thankful and
appreciative of the effort.”
was a small holiday favor—one for which Noga and St. Andrew plan to recognize
the SUNY Erie group at its upcoming Santa Breakfast on December 17. But for the
students and their program, it was also a token of appreciation to the leaders
of St. Andrew. The parish has allowed SUNY Erie to conduct training exercises
for Academy students inside its school since 2006. These drills happen twice
per week for four weeks of every semester, and are essential to the recruits’
eventual readiness as graduates.
Erie’s Law Enforcement Training Academy equips enrolled recruits with the
knowledge of criminal law, physical fitness, emergency vehicle operation, first
aid, and a number of other relevant subjects. The certificate delves into the
above topics, and helps prepare individuals for their future employment with
local police departments throughout Western New York.
1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while
contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the
state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and
accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment.
Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and
students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and
partnership. For more information, visit www.ecc.edu
or call (716) 851-1ECC.