DEGREE: Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice -
STATEMENT: I'M IN AND NOW I have accomplished a lifelong dream: obtaining a college degree. I have learned things that I may not have ever learned before.
Describe your educational and professional background.
After I separated from the US Air Force in 1980, Penn State invited me to their campus. I used my GI Bill and attended full time for one semester. It was difficult for me to work full time and go to school full time so I tried part-time. I attended two more semesters and gave it up due to work and family obligations. In the late '90's I returned to college and took courses to get certified for Web page design and networking. All the while, I was earning college credits through classes at the Community College of the Air Force. I retired eight credits short of an associate's degree. Now, I am working toward my bachelor's degree in criminal justice and determined to finish!
How has CTU been a part of your educational or professional journey?
For the majority of my life, I have worked in law enforcement or security. When I retired from the military, I knew that I would return to security work. I contacted a former chief of police who owned a security franchise about employment and the next thing I knew, I had a job. My role is to help others establish security franchises in Delaware. After the business is up and running, my responsibilities will be to help run the franchise and train new officers. Getting my bachelor's degree in criminal justice will help me with all that.
How does higher education help individuals work toward their professional goals?
When I graduated from high school more than 40 years ago, I had no desire to attend college. I figured if I had a trade, I would be able to work. I entered the Air Force and became a police officer. During my tour, I realized that getting a college degree would enhance my chances for advancement. That is when I decided to go to college. The classes not only prepare you for your specialty but also round out your knowledge. College makes you think critically, which is something that I never did before.