Instructor/Student Spotlights

Project EXCEL is extremely proud of our partner school instructors and students. This page highlights the accomplishments, projects, and activities of our Project EXCEL instructors and students, both past and present.  

Our staff would also like to recognize you and your students' successes and events. Please submit pictures, newspaper articles, etc., along with a description and names of the people or activities, so that we may give proper recognition.  

Email projectexcel@vinu.edu with the subject line “Website Spotlight” so that we can spotlight you! 

These four students are the first students from Leroy Striker’s Project EXCEL Criminal Justice program at Heartland Career Center to successfully graduate from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) and become full-time, paid police officers. All four graduated during the past twelve months.

The Criminal Justice program at Heartland Career Center has been successfully sending students to colleges, military and professional careers since 2010; however, these are the first to become police officers in Indiana.

In order from left to right: Hunter Law - Nick Striker - Leroy Striker, Criminal Justice Instructor - Parker Stouffer - Devin Bechtold

Nick and Hunter both graduated from VU with AS in Conservation Law Enforcement; Nick transferred to Ball State University to complete his BS in Criminal Justice/Criminology.

Nick Striker – Graduated from ILEA in June 2016 (Class #208). Police Officer with Carmel Police Department.

Hunter Law – Graduated from ILEA in October 2016 (Class #209). Conservation Officer with Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Assigned Marshall County.

Parker Stouffer – Graduated from ILEA in February 2017 (Class #210). Police Officer with North Manchester Police Department.

Devin Bechtold – Graduated from ILEA in February 2017 (Class #210). Police Officer with North Manchester Police Department.

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