Grant Ralston, recent LHU graduate and Pennsylvania state trooper, speaks to students during a recent event at the university.
On Tuesday October 23, the Lock Haven University Criminal Justice Department hosted two events. Job recruiters from a number of criminal justice agencies were on campus to speak to students both in classes and at a drop-in session.
In the morning, two recruiting officers from the Ocean City, Maryland, Police Department gave presentations to two of the introduction to criminal justice courses. The OCMD PD regularly recruits students for summer internships. Many LHU students have participated in this internship over the years, and a few alumni are currently employed there.
In the afternoon, the Criminal Justice Department hosted a mini job fair and information session with representatives from the following agencies: Ocean City Police Department, Abraxas Youth Center, Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Liquor Control Enforcement and the Clinton County Correctional Facility. Criminal justice majors benefitted from informal conversations with these individuals, and some students have started internship and job applications through this event.
Following the job information session, students were invited to the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center for a presentation by Grant Ralston ’17. Ralston is a Pennsylvania state trooper and took part of his work day to speak to Dr. Greg Koehle’s criminal law classes. He discussed how his time at LHU was beneficial to preparing for a career in law enforcement. He also talked to students about the PA State Police Academy and his work so far.
Many students commented that hearing from a recent graduate of the program was helpful and inspiring. The Criminal Justice Department anticipates more events like this in the future to connect current students with successful alumni of the program.
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