SCC to begin offering accelerated BLET program

By: By Janna Bass - Special to The Independent

Each year the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program at Sampson Community College adds passionate public servants to the workforce, geared with the focus to protect communities and assist one another.

“Many of our graduates strive to give back to the local community and upon graduation, are employed with local agencies, such as Clinton Police Department, Sampson Sheriff’s Office, and State Highway Patrol” states Jennifer Wiley, Basic Law Enforcement Training Director. “The BLET program at Sampson Community College prepares the incoming workforce for many job opportunities, available with state, county, and municipal governments in North Carolina.”

Sampson Community College currently has a night BLET program, in session now, with an upcoming graduating class set for early June. The night program takes place from 5:30-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday. With the maximum per class set at 24 individuals, there is often a waiting list of those interested.

Therefore, Sampson Community College is excited to announce an accelerated BLET program, starting in January 2016. This accelerated program will take place during the day, with sessions taking place from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with some evenings in order to complete night driving and night fire at the firing range.

“All of our instructors are working in law enforcement or other criminal justice agencies, which provides a connection to the field for our students,” Wiley continues. “Their experience and efforts contribute to our students’ development of essential industry knowledge and skills. Each instructor has been instrumental in producing top officers. Many of our instructors were also once BLET students here at Sampson Community College who worked hard and have risen through the ranks in their agencies.”

Individuals interested in the accelerated program that begins January 2016, must be 20 years of age by the time the state exam is taken upon graduation in June 2016. Individuals of the age of 19 may enroll if the individual turns 20 by the June state exam and has permission through Training and Standards.

To apply for the accelerated Spring BLET day program, a Basic Law Enforcement Training packet must be completed. These packets can be obtained in the North Building on the SCC Campus, room 201 or in Student Services. This program is on a first come, first served basis, therefore, it is encouraged to pick up your enrollment packet today. For more information, visit or contact Sharon West at 910-592-8081.

By Janna Bass

Special to The Independent

Sampson Community College will begin offering an accelerated BLET program in June 2016. Community College will begin offering an accelerated BLET program in June 2016.