Cerro Coso Community College

Students Helping Students

Welding students (l to r) Steven Payne, Nicholas Windsor, and Dustin Anderson pose for a picture of the steel doors they made with Instructor David Villicana.

Students in David Villicana’s welding class assisted in making two steel doors that will be placed on wheels for use by students in Jarrod Bowen’s Modular Law Enforcement Academy. The doors will be used on the firing range for cover, simulating an officer’s patrol car doors. The program also recently added a simulator that offers interactive use of force and firearms training. The simulator with 3D capabilities helps prepare students for the stressful situations they are likely to face on the streets.

The unit features real life scenarios where students can use a range of weapons including pepper spray, stun guns, batons, and firearms. “What we do is reality based training,” said Bowen. “This is about as close to reality as you can get.”