Fort Worth Criminal Justice Student Edgar Gonzalez Named 2009's "Outstanding Performer of the Year" Edgar Gonzalez, a Criminal Justice associate's degree student at Remington College - Fort Worth Campus, has been selected as the 2009 "Outstanding Performer of the Year" among all operatives at the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Mr. Gonzalez, one of 300 employees of NICS, is the sole recipient of this year's award and will travel to NICS headquarters, in Clarksburg, West Virginia, to be recognized. According to Fort Worth Campus Director of Education Don McLaughlin, this award is based on the volume and accuracy of Mr. Gonzalez's work and his protocol efficiency. NICS, an operational unit for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and Explosives (ATF), can determine (typically within 30 seconds) whether a prospective buyer is eligible to purchase firearms or explosives. These investigative inquiries are sent by Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) via telephone or in electronic format. As stated on the NICS website, more than 100 million investigative inquiries have been made through NICS over the last decade, leading to more than 700,000 denials. "This agency provides timely and critical information that has had even greater ramifications for our homeland security since September 11, 2001," comments Mr. McLaughlin. Mr. Gonzalez, who is scheduled to graduate in January 2011, plans to enter the federal law enforcement field. " Edgar is an intuitive student who exhibits confidence and adeptness in his ability to absorb information and apply what he has learned in resolving investigative and law enforcement scenarios in our Criminal Justice Program," states Mr. McLaughlin. From our entire Remington College family, congratulations and well done, Edgar!