A Mayfield High School senior and second-semester EXCEL student with the Las Cruces Police Department has been honored with a 2012 New Mexico Municipal League Young Citizens Award.
Israel Rodriguez, son of Larry and Diana Rodriguez of Las Cruces, was honored on Dec. 6 with the New Mexico Municipal League Young Citizens Award for Law Enforcement. Rodriguez is a senior at Mayfield High School and is on track to graduate in May 2013.
“Israel is an intelligent, hard-working young man and has become and valued member of our department,” said Las Cruces Police Chief Richard Williams. “We’re proud that the New Mexico Municipal League selected Israel for the award and I’m very happy that Israel will be working with us for at least another semester.”
The Experience-based Education Learning program, an elective for juniors and seniors within the Las Cruces Public Schools, requires students to dedicate 240 hours during a semester but Rodriguez completed 275 hours of work with LCPD between January and May 2012. During the fall semester Rodriguez has participated in the EXCEL-Plus program with LCPD and is scheduled to complete an additional 120 hours of service.
EXCEL allows high school juniors and seniors to learn about careers through actual work experience. Students are placed at community job sites in careers of their choice for half of each school day while their other half-day is in the classroom at their respective high school. Students earn two credits for their EXCEL class.
At LCPD, Rodriguez has assisted officers and civilian personnel in various sections during his two semesters. Rodriguez also has a part-time job and is on the wrestling team at Mayfield High School. Following graduation from high school Rodriguez plans to either pursue a degree in business at New Mexico State University or apply for the Las Cruces Police Department’s Training Academy.