BEAUMONT – Lamar Institute of Technology will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with an event from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday at the Multi-Purpose Center, 802 E. Lavaca.
Officer Ricardo S. Vega is the keynote speaker.
He is a correctional officer at the Jefferson County Correction Center, serving as law librarian at the facility.
A native of Brownsville, he and his family worked the fields of the Rio Grande Valley. Officer Vega says that his mother was one of the most influential people in his life during a time when he relied on his culture and his family for support.
He is a United States Air Force veteran, and worked for more than 25 years as a mechanic. At the age of 47, he decided to take a position with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, having never seen the inside of a jail. Officer Vega has worked with Lamar University and Lamar Institute of Technology for more than 15 years, teaching Survival Spanish for Law Enforcement.