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by Christine Benson - MS Public Safety, Emergency Management with Public Administration
Hello fellow learners,
Let me begin by saying the professors here are great! They, as well as the rest of the staff here, are committed to helping you succeed. I could not have accomplished all that I have without all of the wonderful professors, staff, and classmates that I have had the opportunity to interact with.
My journey for a Masters’ degree began two years ago. I have changed programs and concentrations since then and am happy to be completing my degree in Fall 2013. The degree in Emergency Management will enable me to better serve my community as well as surrounding communities by ensuring they are prepared as possible.
I have had a wonderful experience here at Capella and I encourage others to attend this fine academic institution. The knowledge learned here will prepare and guide you in your future endeavors. My professors and my classmates have given me unique perspectives and have greatly contributed to my expanding knowledge. While the journey has been challenging, I would not have it any other way!
I am planning on applying to the local community college as an adjunct professor once I receive my degree. I would like to pass my knowledge along to others so they can be encouraged to pursue their degrees and dreams. I know my quest for knowledge will not end with my masters’ degree. Eventually I hope to pursue the PhD. in Emergency Management so I am even better equipped to help my community and those surrounding it.
by Taneka Govan - Bachelor's public safety
Before I started school, I did not know exactly what I wanted to do as far as school, I then turned to my advisor and asked her what she thought I should do. She then told me that I should try a couple of criminal justice courses. I thought to my self, would this be something I would want to make a career of? I said it would not hurt to give it a try so I did a semester of Criminal Justice and really liked it.
I enjoyed each class and the instructors. I even made the dean’s list a couple of times. After being in school for a year, I decided I wanted to be a Forensic tech. After graduating from my Associates Degree, I decided to go for my bachelors in criminal justice and I chose Capella University to continue my education. Ever since, I have enjoyed my learning experience and met a couple of people along the way. School has made life look better and has given me brighter future for my kids and I.
I now have a couple of degrees to fall back on.
by Jennell Gaines - BS Public Safety, Graduation Fall 2013
My experience here at Capella has been wonderful. This is my breakthrough, my “Growing Chance” to make a difference.
I have been working for the state on North Carolina as a Correctional Officer for 11 years and after graduation I will be moving over to Probation and Parole. Since I have started my adventure at Capella in 2009 my co-workers have been my biggest supporters and study partners. I come in contact with all types and forms of law enforcement and they have helped me along the way.
I feel more confident on my journey and I thank God for my neighbor who introduced me to Capella University.
by Paul Sullivan - MHA
Hello Fellow learners;
I began my journey at Capella just over a year ago. I have about 16 more credits before I complete the program. I am a teacher and a Substance Abuse/Mental Health Counselor in Albany New York.
My experience at Capella has enabled me to learn new concepts in the field of Healthcare Administration. Although I have been in healthcare for over 10 years, I have no experience with what is needed to be an administrator. My gut told me to pursue a program that I had a strong base with (education, chemical dependency), but after consulting with colleagues at work, they strongly suggested attempting something new. I was very nervous and hesitant because of my lack of experience and knowledge.
For any and all who might have similar fears, let me reassure all of you; the instructors are great. They are patient, full of knowledge, and willing to help and provide what is needed to pursue and achieve my/your goals. What I really find helpful is that the assignments provide for direct application as to what is going on in healthcare currently. The projects enable learners to apply what they learn to the field of healthcare each and every day on the job.
For those that do not currently work in the field, what better way to “get your feet wet”, so to speak. The opportuniy is here, trust me, all one needs to do is commit and apply oneself. The instructors are more than capable of providing the direction and knowledge needed.
I wish all of you the best and hope your experience at Capella is as fulfilling as mine has been!
by Hudson Cutno, Jr. - MS Public Safety, Emergency Management
I was approaching the end of my Masters program with Capella in March of 2012, when a co-worker asked me if I would be interested in teaching at a local University. I replied yes, he put me in-touch with the school’s director and in less than 15 mins, I had a potiential job offer to head the Emergency Management Program for Upper Iowa University, Jackson Barracks campus in New Orleans.
Upon graduation from Capella’s Public Safety program the job offer became a reality. I’m now an adjunct professor teaching EM at the University. It has been a dream come true and I truly enjoy what I’m doing. So much so that I’ve applied and been accepted in the PhD. program for Public Safety, Emergency Management at Capella. Looking forward to having the Title of Dr. Hudson Cutno, Jr. I encourge anyone that has taken the time to review the program to take the next step and do it, you won’t regret the time or the experience.
by Geraldine Wheeler-Harris - Master Healthcare Administration
I have been selected to participate as an Administrator In Training with the State of Texas. This program will give me the skills and experience I need in the future for working at Nursing Homes or Hospice facilities…what a wonderful opportunity. Thanks to Capella for providing a good learning environment.
by Jerome Brothers - Public Safety: Criminal Justice
I received my Master of Science degree from Capella University in September of 2010, since then, I have accepted a job with Tiffin University teaching online courses in their Criminal Justice department. Additionally, I earned my Post-Master’s Certificate in Education specializing in College Teaching (PSAE) at Capella and currently, I am working towards earning the Master of Science degree in Education specializing in Post-Secondary Adult Education and will graduate again in June of 2013.
When I saw the advertisement for the job at Tiffin, they were looking for someone who had a degree in CJ, Sociology, as it turns out, my undergrad degree is in Sociology and I thought that it was a perfect fit, so I applied and was offered the job in March of this year: Program Coordinator for the Youth Empowerment Juvenile and Restitution Program through the North Carolina Department of Public Safety/Division of Juvenile Justice in my city. This program is geared towards helping students maintain academic excellence. We provide services to students suspened for up to 10 days from the Elementary through High Schools.
by Elizabeth Wagner - PhD Public Service Leadership, Specialization Criminal Justice
I started the PhD Public Service Leadership Program, specialization Criminal Justice in 2009. Prior to starting the program, I only had one-year experience working death investigations for a busy medical examiner’s office. Without relevant working experience, it is difficult to get a teaching job in criminal justice. Although I knew I was capable of doing anything, I began to realize that I needed to prove myself. Once I discovered my dissertation topic (human trafficking and law enforcement responses), I began to search for different ways to gain human trafficking experience. I found a great human trafficking organization, the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking (FCAHT), and began volunteering as my counties human trafficking educator and trainer for law enforcement and service providers. This role gave has given me so much, but what I enjoy the most is that I get to work in the prevention of human trafficking. Because of this role, I have gained a very good reference, and I am now going through the employment process for teaching forensic investigations in a bachelor program at a local university! Without my volunteer experience, I likely would not have gotten as far as I have with the hiring process at Keiser University! I know volunteering is not always financially feasible, as it was not for me. However, I think there are great benefits to volunteering with your dissertation topic, and I highly recommend it.
I have no doubt that my PhD program has changed my life for the better. First, and most impressive, I have become a better person. I am objective today, or more objective then I was a few years ago. That may seem like something little, but I am a much better person and I know it is because of the program. My dissertation (graduating in a couple of months) has given me work that was not obtainable before I started the program. My life is changing for the better and that is a result of the PhD program!
In all honesty, when I started the PhD program I never thought in a million years such positivity would result. I hoped better things would occur with obtaining a PhD, but I admit I had many doubts. I worked for 16 years in the same field doing minimal work to pay the bills, struggling often. Today, everything is changing as my handwork is paying off. I would not change this incredible experience for anything! I will continue to volunteer for FCAHT post graduation in a couple of months and do what I can to prevent human trafficking.
by Wayne Thompson - PhD in Public Safety
Since completing the PhD in public safety, I have received two full time offers for tenure track positions. I received a pay raise as an adjunct professor at the undergraduate level. I was recently hired as an adjunct graduate professor which would not have happened without the PhD. I am also hoping for promotion at my full time job in law enforcement.