Interested in Law Enforcement Careers?
by Guest Writer:
Floyd Kezele, Parent
Professor of Criminal Justice, UNM
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Stay Close and go FAR!!! You can do both…by exploring your interests, getting basics out of the way and in many cases not having to pay tuition….all at UNM-Gallup.
Many if not most graduates of Gallup High will qualify for a Bridge Scholarship that upon the completion of 12 credit hours with a 2.5 or above average your first semester will become a Lottery Scholarship. You can then continue on with your basics or pursue the major of your choice----and there are many at UNM-Gallup. If you want an even earlier jump start, explore the many career options offered by the CCTE Program at UNM-Gallup. Let’s look at one such option.
Are you interested in Law Enforcement, Corrections, Forensic Investigations, CSI, Probation, Counseling, etc.? UNM-Gallup offers an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice that opens up all of the above careers as well as many others. You can easily finish off a two year Associate Degree in Criminal Justice and then transfer to WNMU in Silver City or Gallup, NMSU, NAU, UNM for Criminology or a host of other schools to complete your BA or BS in Criminal Justice or a related field. If you chose WNMU Silver City, you could finish of your degree and the police certification program in your fourth semester.
Financially, this program can be very beneficial. With an AA or a BS you would be starting at around twenty dollars an hour, have great benefits and terrific opportunities for advancement. The current Deputy Chief for Gallup is an UNM-G graduate as are several of the Lieutenants (male and female) and numerous officers. Graduates of UNM-Gallup Law Enforcement currently work all over New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Hawaii, etc. Those graduates working with the City of Gallup and McKinley County alone bring in an annual combined payroll of over 2.5 million dollars. One of our graduates averaged $85,000.00 a year the last few years and another has just signed a contract for $100,000.00. So as you see, YOU REALLY CAN STAY NEAR AND GO FAR at UNM-G! To start that journey, you can contact Ann Jarvis with the CCTE Program 505-863-7617 as a sophomore, junior or senior, or Floyd J. Kezele-Criminal Justice at 863-7500.