Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is excited to announce the graduation of 15 students who successfully completed program requirements in the Law Enforcement Skills Training Program in 2022. This is the 22nd group of students to participate in the Law Enforcement Skills Training Program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. The motto for this year’s tightknit group of graduates is, “Never let it rest until your good becomes your better, and your better becomes your best.”

During the ceremony, graduates Alexis Houle of Duluth, Katie LaTourelle of Saginaw, and Key Powless of Duluth provided commentary on their experience in the program. Former graduate, Ian Johnson of the Duluth Police Department, also shared reflections as a FDLTCC graduate. The Les Northrup Leadership Award, voted on by fellow students, recognizing a classmate who epitomizes leadership, wisdom, mentoring and being a role model to their peers was awarded to Micah Hughes of Duluth. Instructor of the Year Award, voted on by the class, went to Ian Johnson, a 2011 graduate of the FDLTCC Law Enforcement program and current officer with Duluth Police Department.  Johnson teaches mobile field force, firearms, building searches, traffic stops and emergency vehicle operations.

Students completed the intensive hands-on training in the morning on July 1, before the graduation ceremony that afternoon. Classroom training and over 600 hours of skill training are required of all individuals seeking careers as peace officers in Minnesota. After classroom and skills training, students are required to pass the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board exam to become eligible for employment as a peace officer in Minnesota.

Skills training topics include: accident investigation, auto theft, radio communications, mobile field force, crimes in progress response, domestic violence investigation and intervention, drug interdiction, DUI detection and standardized field sobriety testing, emergency vehicle operations, radar enforcement, traffic stops, crime scene investigation, gang education, drug and controlled substance investigations, report writing, aerosol chemical weapons and chemical agents, diversity, community policing, professional ethics, and firearms training.

A recording of the ceremony is available at For more information on the Law Enforcement program at Fond du lac Tribal and Community College, please visit

The following students successfully completed the Law Enforcement Skills Program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and are members of the Class of 2022:


Centreville, MI 

Matthew Jessup


Cloquet, MN 

Jorden Hernandez

Noah Niemi

Brandon Soulier


Duluth, MN 

Alexis Houle

Micah Hughes

Key Powless

Caleb Smith

Macie VanBuskirk

Mona Zeidan


Inver Grove Heights, MN 

Matthew Hatfield


New Prague, MN 

Bradley Felmlee


Saginaw, MN 

Katie LaTourelle


Silver Bay, MN 

Justin Jacobson


Luck, WI 

Paulina Johansen


I chose FDLTCC because of its size and the curriculum. When I first came here in 2019, I was just looking for what I needed to volunteer, perhaps in a crisis shelter. I met with Don Jarvinen, and the rest is history.

My favorite thing about FDLTCC is the people. I’ve met fantastic students, faculty and staff who go above and beyond what I expected.

It is awesome here at the FDLTCC Education Program because it is like a family here, if you need help or are struggling with anything, you have quite a few people who will help you out.