Brian Blomstrom brings more than 20 years of public safety and firefighting experience to the classroom as a part-time instructor in Montcalm Community College’s criminal justice program.
Blomstrom began teaching at MCC in 2008 because he wanted to share his life experiences with students to help prepare them for careers in criminal justice-related professions.
“I had the desire to interact with students in a more formal, college-based atmosphere. In reviewing my previous career path and preparation, I analyzed the instructional opportunities that worked well for my career and specific training and topics students should be provided prior to completing their degree,” he said.
“Looking at each course, I try and tailor each segment of study differently to each subject instructed.”
— Brian Blomstrom
Blomstrom earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – Public Safety from Lake Superior State University, and a Master of Public Administration from Grand Valley State University. He also completed the Police Executive Management Program through Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Additionally, he is a nationally-designated Chief Fire Officer and Chief Training Officer through the Center for Public Safety Excellence.
Blomstrom has worked for the City of Greenville Department of Public Safety for 17 years, serving as a sergeant for the last seven and one-half years. Previously, he was a member of the Saginaw Township Fire Department and was a Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) official, serving as a soccer referee and baseball umpire for local high schools.
“My work hours for the City of Greenville changed from eight and one-half-hour shifts to 12-hour shifts, causing my officiating career to end earlier than anticipated because my work shifts overlapped game dates. Ironically, around the same time, the opportunity to teach at MCC arose, and I have been fortunate enough to be here since that time,” he says.
Blomstrom teaches courses in Police Administration and Operations, Criminal Investigation, Parole/Probation/Community Corrections and Correctional Institutions and Facilities.
“Looking at each course, I try and tailor each segment of study differently to each subject instructed,” he says. “However, one thing I do at the end of every course is open the floor to student comments about what could be changed in the class to make it better next year; I then take all of the open-air comments and assessments and work to amend the course for the class, based on provided student input.
“To this day, I use each class session to expose the students to current topics and issues at a Michigan level so they are prepared for the law enforcement or correctional vocation as they enter the criminal justice field,” he adds.
Blomstrom also teaches specialized courses involving firefighting and fire command throughout the state, instructs for Grand Valley State University’s Police Academy during the summer, and assists the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Training Center as a field technician and a course instructor.
He resides in Montcalm Township with his wife, Olivia, and their two sons, Brenden and Braxton.
- Samantha Mack