Change-driven police preparatory college accepts Air Jordans for enrollment

Prospective students at Apex-based Blue Lights College now have the option of trading in their Air Jordan sneakers to help fund their education.
BLC President and Founder Captain Jacques K. Gilbert believes that too many of today’s youth have unknowingly spent their college tuition savings on expensive shoes, and wants to help his students rectify these errors in judgement and refocus their priorities.
“We want to provide opportunities for youth to be a part of change: change to bridge the gap between community and police through serving others as a police officer and leader in the community. What better way to emphasize this than to redirect their fashion interest into a career and educational investment that makes a different in their community?”
“I believe MJ himself would support this initiative,” Gilbert affirmed.
Gilbert said the shoes will be autographed by the student and will serve as credit toward their contribution agreement to support the Blue Lights College mission. Some shoes will serve as decor at the school, while other shoes will be donated to other youth in the community.
The average cost for a pair of Jordan shoes is about $150 per pair. Eleven pairs of Jordan shoes would fund a year of expenses for one student at Blue Lights College.

BLC President Jacques K. Gilbert Recognized as Hometown Hero!

North Carolina Automotive Dealers Association and FOX50 broadcasting recognized Apex Police  Captain Jacques K. Gilbert as a Hometown Hero! Captain Gilbert is also President of Blue Lights College. FOX50 highlighted The White House Champions for Change award presented to Gilbert by President Obama in 2015. FOX50 aired a commercial all week in his honor.  Gilbert said, “I’m grateful for this recognition and continue to be proud to serve others.”


President Gilbert Awarded Tar heel of the Week by News & Observer

Blue Lights College President Jacques K. Gilbert was recognized by News & Observer on November 2, 2017 as Tar heel of the Week. Gilbert was recognized for founding and leading Blue Lights College.

President Gilbert with BLC student, Richard Campbell

Welcoming Student Athletes!

Blue Lights College would like to present one of its student athletes that will be playing under Coach Zach. We’re very excited to have him and many more talented young men on the team!

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Jacques K Gilbert invited to the White House

The Apex Police Department is one of seven departments nationwide that will be honored by the White House Monday for work in positively connecting law enforcement and the community’s youth.

Capt. Jacques Gilbert and 20-year-old Apex resident Tracy Stallworth will take part in the White House’s “Champions of Change” ceremony at 1:30 p.m.

“The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities,” according to a White House news release.

In 2012, Gilbert and Stallworth started working together after residents kept complaining about Stallworth and his friends skateboarding downtown and in neighborhoods. Together, Stallworth and his friends started a skate team, performed community service and came up with ideas to create a skate park.

Earlier this summer, Apex dedicated the $1 million Rodgers Family Skate Plaza that has been heralded.

The free park created a safer environment for skaters, relieved a headache from downtown business owners and freed up police officers to respond to other calls.

“The project has improved relationships between Apex police officers and youth in the community, who can now use the skate park freely,” the White House said.

Monday’s ceremony will feature Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett and NBA player Caron Butler, who plays for the Sacramento Kings.

The ceremony will be streamed live Monday at

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