Two Tulare County women, including one who was the first Pathways Scholarship recipient, were sworn in as sheriff’s deputies Thursday.
Jasmine Orozco and Ivett Hernandez were honored at the Tulare-Kings Counties Basic Peace Officer Training Academy graduation ceremony held at South Valley Community Church in Lemoore.
Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said Orozco of Cutler and Hernandez of Porterville also worked as deputy sheriff trainees while finishing their schooling at College of the Sequoias.
Before becoming a Pathways Scholarship recipient, Orozco served in the California Highway Patrol’s Explorer Program while attending Orosi High School. Boudreaux said the 21-year-old Orozco, whose parents are Mexican immigrants, wanted to go to college. The grant helped pay for her college tuition.
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The scholarship is awarded to eligible students between the ages of 14 to 21 years of age who become Sheriff’s Explorers. The Explorer program gives participants law enforcement training in areas such as crime scene investigations, search and seizure and patrol operations.
Since 2014, five Explorers have been awarded the Pathways Scholarship. “I’m very proud of the program,” Boudreaux said. “It creates stakeholders in the community and in the department.”