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NPS Student Success Stories

National Park Ranger Academy Student Success Stories


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Joshua Carico

I graduated from the Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy, Colorado Northwestern Community College, Fall semester 2018.  Since graduating, I remained in the Rangely, Colorado area and worked a season for the Bureau of Land Management as a Recreation Park Ranger in 2019.  I am now employed by the National Park Service assigned to the Gateway Arch National Park as a GL-7 Law Enforcement Ranger.  I attribute my success in becoming a LE Park Ranger to the outstanding training I received at the PRLEA, Rangely, CO.



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Mike Wagner

I graduated from the Law Enforcement Academy in May, 2019. I worked for the National Park Service as a fence builder and road maintenance personnel for Wind Cave National Park following the academy. After receiving my EMT certification this winter, I have accepted a position as a Law Enforcement Ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park for the summer 2020 season. The Academy at CNCC provided me with the skills, knowledge, and certifications to help me succeed as a Ranger. 






Jess Rains

Jess Rains

I graduated from the CNCC PRLEA class 19-01. For my first season, summer 2019, I worked for Yellowstone National Park as a Law Enforcement Ranger. The academy at CNCC is seriously the best. The high quality of instruction and training that I received there prepared me for success in my career with the National Park Service. 







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Daniel Fiser

I have wanted to be a Park Ranger since I was nine years old and during the Spring of 2019 I started towards that goal. I graduated from the Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy with the class 19-01 in May 2019. The skills that I learned during the Academy gave me a knowledge base from, which I have been able to be a successful Police Officer in Alaska. After graduating the Academy I went to work as a Police Officer in Unalaska Alaska in the Bering Sea and continue to build my skills and confidence as an officer. I was able to get a seasonal position for the 2020 Summer season in Voyageurs National Park as a Federal Law Enforcement Park Ranger this year. I am looking forward to working in Voyageurs National Park and sharing my passion for the Parks and God's beautiful creation with others. 



About CNCC

Colorado Northwestern is one college in two Colorado communities. Depending on what you want to study, CNCC has the perfect surroundings and facilities to meet your needs. Founded in 1962 as “Rangely College,” CNCC now serves nearly 1,600 students on two campuses, two service centers and online. Our two campuses are located in Craig and Rangely and are 90 miles apart in the mountains and canyons of Northwestern Colorado.