Mineral Area College

Law Enforcement Academy

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Academy Qualifications

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the beginning of the training course.  State certification testing will be withheld until the trainee turns 21 years of age.
  • Must have a high school diploma/GED, US Birth Certificate or proof of US citizenship, and a valid Missouri driver's license.
  • Applicants will have to pass a reading comprehension & psychological exam, physical assessment, and an extensive background check before being accepted into the law enforcement academy.
  • Trainees are required to pass the Missouri Certification Examination at the end of their training to receive state certification.  Trainees who fail this examination after three attempts shall repeat the basic training course or wait one year from the third attempt to take the exam again.


Academy Fees and Cost Breakdown:

(This shows the main costs; other fee's include books, MAC application fee and graduation fee.)

1000 HOUR ACADEMY TUITION $6,700.00 + $450 LAB FEE

$4821.00 + $450 LAB FEE



Mineral Area College Law Enforcement Academy is designed to provide regional law enforcement training to law enforcement agencies and to students who are interested in achieving a career as a peace officer . The 1000 hour and 640 hour courses provide students with the knowledge and training needed to obtain a POST License.  The 1000-hour basic and advanced academy and 640-hour basic academy are currently being offered at MACLEA. We also offer a full range of Continuing Education Hours (CEH) for licensed Missouri police officers at both the student and instructor levels.  Very affordable contract CEH training rates are available.  Call us at 573-518-2148 or email or if you would like more information. 

Mineral Area College Law Enforcement Academy held it's first training class in 1994.  We take pride in preparing recruits mentally, physically, ethically, and with proficiency of skills to perform the police duties at a high level of competency.  Throughout the program, students will participate in class room instruction, intense physical trainig, and live training exercises. 

MACLEA is recognized by P.O.S.T. as an accredited training program.  With a 95% employment rate after graduation, it shows we are the best choice for future law enforcement officers. MACLEA offers two academies a year; the 1000 Hour day time academy and the 640 Hour evening academy.  The student will earn 42-48 college credits after completion of the academy.



Rich Flotron

Law Enforcement Academy Director



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New Tax Breaks for Students


Considering higher education? There’s never been a better time.

With tax season upon us, it’s worth highlighting some of the major incentives available to students. Thanks to the new administration’s education reform, and the tax breaks it promises, more and more Americans will be able to pay for college.

As part of President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package, students are now eligible for a tax credit of up to $2,500 in 2009 and 2010 (an increase from the maximum $1,800 of previous years).

The American Opportunity Tax Credit will be applied to the cost of tuition. It will also, for the first time ever, be applied to related expenses like textbooks. Forty percent of the tax credit (up to $1,000) will be refundable, and it will be available even to lower income families who don’t pay sufficient taxes to qualify for existing college tax breaks. Additionally, the credit can now be applied to all four years of college, as opposed to just the first two.

In addition to an increased tax credit, students can use a tax advantaged investment account, known as a Coverdell Education Savings Account (CESA). Students (or their parents) can deposit earnings, tax free, for educational costs (anything from elementary to college tuition). Up to $2,000 can be contributed to a beneficiary’s account per year.

And finally, take advantage of tax deductions available to students. You can deduct up to $4,000 of college tuition for yourself, your spouse or any other student claimed as a dependent on your return. Just keep in mind that this amount is the maximum, regardless of how many students per household.

Whatever your need, there’s help available for you. Don’t let tuition costs stand in the way of dream career.





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