(WEAU) – A Hmong woman made history by becoming the first women in Wisconsin to earn her law enforcement certification.
She is now the second Hmong woman to do that nationwide.
"Every once in a while we need to be reminded what's makes us us," said Shoua Bauer, CVTC graduate.
24-year old Shoua Bauer didn't always want to be a police officer.
"I originally was at the UWEC. I took an intro to criminal justice there in my first year and that's when I realized I wanted to go into law enforcement," said Bauer.
But standing at 4”10 didn't stop her from pursuing her dream especially after her father died in 2008.
"I think he would be really proud of me. At first when I told him he didn't do what my mom did. My mom kind of freaked a little," said Bauer.
"To us it’s an absolutely amazing feeling to be giving the opportunity to a person who normally maybe culturally or based on gender would not have selected this profession," said Eric Anderson, CVTC Academy Director.
She says being a woman and being shorter was intimidating when starting the program but her mindset was to get it done.
"They finally figured out I couldn't see over the hood, so they had to find me a car that the seat would lift up and bring me closer to the wheel, to the pedals," said Bauer.
Her passion even caused her to attend class before and after her wedding ceremony. Meanwhile Anderson says she really stepped up during the academy as class leader.
"She's demonstrated leadership skills in the academy, she's developed skills in her own community,” said Anderson.
Shoua celebrated the day with family and even received the Jason Daniel's Scholarship, giving her $500, which she plans to use to buy a gun to fit her small hands.
She also says despite her height, she's glad she's now certified to become a police officer and hopes to be part of the canine unit one day.
Meanwhile, she is looking for a job and hopes to find one in town.