Guilford County Sheriff’s Deputy
“I truly feel as though my choice to go to CCC&TI was one of the best decisions I have ever made,” he says. “Gaining my education through CCC&TI has given me the chance to achieve my goals and dreams.”
Brian Stokes has an impressive resume, to say the least. He served four years in the US Marine Corp and completed two tours of duty in Iraq, earning a purple heart for wounds received in the line of duty. He graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC and was a part of ASU’s two-time National Championship football team. He has appeared on NBC’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” He was invited to play in the “Texas vs. The Nation College Football All-Star Game” in El Paso, Texas where he drew the interest of several NFL teams who talked to him about signing as a free agent. But ask Brian Stokes about the experiences that have changed his life the most, and he’ll say one of them was coming to Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute for the Basic Law Enforcement Training program.
“I truly feel as though my choice to go to CCC&TI was one of the best decisions I have ever made,” he says. “Gaining my education through CCC&TI has given me the chance to achieve my goals and dreams.” Stokes came to CCC&TI in 2008 for the BLET program, after earning his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at ASU, with a dream of entering the law enforcement field.
“The program allowed me to get what may be the best instruction in the state,” he said. Despite struggling with the emotional stress surrounding his prior deployments to Iraq and what he calls “survivors guilt” over leaving behind so many fellow Marines in the war-torn areas of Iraq, Stokes excelled in the program. He was elected class leader by his peers during the first few days of class and went on to finish the 16-week program with flying colors.
After completing the program, Stokes set his sites on employment in the Greensboro area where he and his wife were relocating. Specifically, Stokes says his goal was to work for the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department because of its reputation and commitment to excellence. Stokes achieved his goal and became a deputy with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department in February 2009. “Working for the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office has given me the same sense of pride and accomplishment that I felt from being a Marine,” he says. “I am proud to be with the Sheriff’s office and serve the citizens of Guilford County.”
Stokes says he is thankful to be where he is and is quick to credit his success to CCC&TI. “CCC&TI has given me the chance to achieve my goals. My wife and I are now building our first house together in Whitsett, just outside of Greensboro,” he says. “All of this would not have been possible without my experience through CCC&TI.”