ELLSWORTH — The next generation of good guys is falling in line at Hancock County Technical Center.
The 25 students in the school’s new law enforcement program are not your average teenagers. While in class, they adhere to a dress code and politely refer to adults as “ma’am” and “sir.”
They also engage in vigorous weekly workouts. This week, it was a series of sit-ups and push-ups followed by two-mile run.
“I like that it’s set up a lot like the [Maine Criminal Justice] Academy,” said student Glenn Manring.
He hopes to attend the academy and would one day like to secure a federal job, perhaps with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
He said the program at HCTC is anything but an average high school class.
“It’s funny coming from advanced biology into here,” Manring said.
Instructor Dana Andrews said the first year of the two-year program will focus on establishing a foundation of knowledge and skills.
“We’re working a lot this first year on self-discipline, leadership, collaboration and team building,” Andrews said.
This is the first in a series of three stories about new programs at Hancock County Technical Center.