Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) is excited to announce the graduation of 24 students who successfully completed program requirements in the Law Enforcement Skills Training Program in 2023. This is the 23rd 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, “Bravery is not the absence of fear, but action in the face of fear.”

During the ceremony, graduate Zack Howard provided commentary on his experience in the program. Former graduate, Michael Hughes, St. Louis County Deputy, 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 Daniel Walker. Instructor of the Year Award, voted on by the class, went to Steven Pruse. Pruse is a Professional Standards Unit Investigator with the Duluth Policy Department and teaches firearms, EVOC, and traffic stops.

Students completed the intensive hands-on training in the morning on June 30, 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 FDLTCC, 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 2023:

Lincoln Michael Bailey

Ibrahim Yahya Musa Carson

Edward John Couture

Lacie Ann Farmer

Tricia Viola Gottschalk

Jon Marshall Hansen

Alex T Holmstrom

Zackery D Howard

Sami Amir Hussein

Devin Scott Kleive

Kaden Michael Kucza

Jonathan J Laughlin

Khloey Lynn Malkovich

Alayna Rae-Lee Matrious

Tyler Patrick Odden

Anthony Michael Oustad

Gracee Kae Petersen

Maxwell Craig Peterson

Aaron James Pulkrabek

Marcus Richard Small

Rebecca Ann Towner

Daniel Hunter Walker

Jackson Paige Workman

Addie Young


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.

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.