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Criminal Justice major benefits from co-op job

Criminal Justice major benefits from co-op job

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Criminal Justice major benefits from co-op job

Sophomore Sterling Gardner plans for a career in law enforcement. His recent cooperative education job at Fox Hills Resort in Mishicot, Wis., challenged him with some real-world situations to help him prepare.

Gardner, a criminal justice major, worked a night security position which let him encounter everything from a guest locked in their bathroom to a possible condo break-in, which required him to investigate the room and interview witnesses.

Gardner spent most of his time in the hotel area, but also served the resort’s condos, bar/restaurant, convention center and golf course as needed. He learned a variety of skills including note taking and writing reports, problem solving, time management and working autonomously.

This spring, he is living at home, which will further allow him to maximize scheduling to get the most out of his co-op job at Fox Hills.

As part of this experience, Gardner was also introduced to the Mishicot Public Safety Cadets program, a pre-academic opportunity that he plans to continue.