Thursday, June 15, 2017

Criminal Justice Student Success Stories

Aimee Linville graduated in May 2017, with a degree in Criminal Justice. She transferred from a state university, finding that Ashland University gave her a lot more individual focus. Aimee proved herself academically strong. She was an Ashbrook scholar, who successfully defended her thesis on “Serial Offenders.”

Aimee took the LSAT and received numerous scholarship offers, from several schools. In the end, she chose to go to Case Western to pursue her Juris Doctorate, with plans to focus on corporate law.

McKensey Cross graduated in May 2017, with a degree in Criminal Justice. She transferred to Ashland University from another college. Mckensey did field experience at the Abraxas Youth and Family Services’ facility, in Shelby, Ohio. Abraxas specializes in counseling youth between the ages of 12 and 18 with mental health, substance abuse, behavioral disorders and sexual offending behaviors. After walking across the stage to receive her diploma, McKensey was able to start working at Abraxas.

Danielle Musgrove graduated from Ashland University, in May 2017, with a major in Criminal Justice. She did field experience with the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force and later with the Richland County Prosecutor’s Office. Due to her field experience with the Prosecutor’s Office, she got a job, just prior to graduation, working in a law office, in Mansfield, Ohio, as a paralegal.

Sabrina Long graduated from Ashland University, in May 2017. She did field experience with the Cedar Point Police Department. Immediately after graduation, she started working as a Corrections Officer, at the North Central Correctional Complex, in Marion, Ohio.

Dan Mevetz graduated in May 2017 with a degree in Criminal Justice. He had a job lined up upon graduation, as an insurance adjustor, with Homesite Insurance. He investigates house damage caused by a number of things, such as storms and theft.

Makayla Arnold graduated in May 2017 with a degree in Forensic Chemistry and a minor in Criminal Justice. She works at Charles River Laboratories, in Ashland as a Research Assistant, in the Analytical Department.

Tarin Cook, graduated from Ashland University, in May 2016, with majors in Criminal Justice and Family & Child Studies. She was hired the week of graduation! She is currently working at the oldest mental and behavior health agency in Cincinnati, as a qualified mental health specialist. Her official title is as an outpatient behavior and mental health case manager for St. Joseph Orphanage. She works with services such as juvenile probation, developmental disability services, wraparound services, and more. She was recognized as an "outpatient superstar" and was most recently nominated for a yearlong leadership program for supervisory positions.

Melissa Smith graduated, in December 2015, with majors in Criminal Justice and Psychology. She is currently a second year law school student, at Cleveland State University. She made the Dean's List in the spring semester and is currently working as a law clerk with the City of Euclid, in the Prosecutor's Office.

Auston Smith played football at Ashland University, and graduated in December 2015, with a degree in Criminal Justice. Just days after graduation, he was hired as a Juvenile Probation Officer, for the Montgomery County Juvenile Court. He is also pursuing a master’s degree, in Criminal Justice.

James “J.T.” Venus graduated from Ashland University, May 2015, with a degree in Criminal Justice. He was hired by the Middleburg Heights Police Department as a patrolman that same month.

Jonathan Heart graduated from Ashland University, in 2015. He works at U.S. Bank, as an Anti-Money Laundering Investigator, in Columbus.

Galsaira Ortiz graduated from Ashland University with a degree in Criminal Justice, in 2015. She currently works for Sterling Talent Solutions, located in Independence Ohio. She works in the dispute resolution team. In that position, she runs backgrounds, and if there is something incorrect or updated on a report, clients call and she investigates and makes amendments to the reports.

Alexandra Restelli graduated from Ashland University in 2015. She is currently pursuing a masters in social work and a PhD at The Ohio State University. In line with her criminal justice background, she is pursing this degree for offender rehabilitation to work with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. She is currently in their field placement, as a regional director for the southeast prisons in Ohio.

Don Leffler is a 2016, Ashland University Online graduate. He is currently the Detention Administrator, for The Marion County Juvenile Detention Center, in Marion, Ohio. He was promoted, due to the degree he received through the Online Criminal Justice Program. He says he “can't thank Ashland enough” for their online program.

Jacob Morris is a 2016, Ashland University Online graduate. He is currently serving as a detective with the Lorain Police Department in Lorain, Ohio. He takes great pride in being an Ashland alumni. In addition to his detective duties, he has been asked to lead the department's Community Police Academy. The Chief of Police wanted someone with a formal education to take over this very important duty. Detective Morris said, “… this is a major responsibility which shows that higher education in the CJ world is certainly worth pursuing!” Additionally, he’s in the process of completing a Master's of Science in Criminal Justice. Upon completion (August, 2017), he plans to seek part time employment as an adjunct criminal justice professor.

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