You’re never too old to have a dream come true.

At 51, Washington State Patrol Cadet Greg Andrews is twice the age of the average cadet at the academy in Shelton.

“They’ve accepted me. They call me ‘dad,’” said Andrews, who has wanted to work in law enforcement since he was a child.

He was working on a criminal justice degree while in college in the 1980s, but ended up getting married, having children, and started his own business.

“Life got in the way,” Andrews said.

But when his kids moved out, he sold the business, applied to the Washington State Patrol.

Instructors say he’s doing better than most of the cadets in his class of 50, both physically and mentally.

Sgt. Kent Hitchings, who has been at the academy for four years, said Andrews is the oldest cadet he’s worked with. Sgt. Hitchings said the life experience and communication skills Andrews brings could be valuable as a trooper.

“We can teach you the physical fitness,” said Hitchings, “But if you struggle with dealing with people… it’s going to be a tough go for you.”

If he passes the academy, Andrews would be commissioned as a trooper in June. He’ll be 52.

“If you have the ability to do it… you want to make it happen, you can do it,” said Andrews.