Editor’s Note: Where can a Keuka degree take you? This is the 10th in a series of snapshot profiles on members of Keuka’s Class of 2012.
In the spring of 2012, Alex Jones of Conklin earned a Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry from Keuka College, then headed to Pace University in Lower Manhattan, New York City.
He is now halfway through a two-year program and on track to earn his Master of Science in forensic science in 2014. With degree in hand, Jones hopes to land a job in a criminal justice laboratory.
“At the graduate level, the classes are always interesting because it’s more specialized and the students learn about their interest in their chosen career field,” he said. Looking forward to classes every day, a student is more likely to walk away with a basic understanding and a drive to further develop it, he added.
According to Jones, the small class sizes at Keuka allow every student to stay engaged in c lectures and labs. Beyond that, the element he most valued was the challenge Keuka professors gave students with “tough questions to make us think like real scientists. This improved thought process has helped me become more successful in graduate school.”
Editor’s Note: Where can a Keuka degree take you? This is the first in a series of snapshot profiles on members of Keuka’s Class of 2013.
Jayme Peterson ’13 earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice and was hired by a private probation company, Intervention Inc., in Colorado less than a month after graduation.
According Dr. Janine Bower, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice, Peterson received the job offer after completing a semester-long internship this spring with a probation department in the 20th Judicial District, Boulder, Colo. During her time at Keuka, Peterson participated in a number of campus clubs, served as a tutor at Dundee Library and in the Academic Success at Keuka (ASK) office, was a member of the step team, and served on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.
“This is exactly what I wanted to do after graduating college and the experience from my Field Period directly influenced my ability to obtain this job,” said Peterson, adding that she also received a job offer from one Field Period site, but turned it down because the position was partly volunteer.
The Gloversville resident said she most valued the ability to work closely with professors as an active learner and beleived Keuka’s small class sizes led to better discussions and more in-depth analysis of course material. In addition, Keuka’s Field Period program helped her practice how to research and apply for jobs, and develop confidence with professionals in her field, she said.
Conducting a 140-hour annual internship or exploratory study each year was “very valuable,” Peterson said, because it developed work experience prior to graduation and helped her confirm that working as a probation officer “was actually the right career path for me.”
At Keuka College, experiential learning is a core focus and the 140-hour annual Field Period internship is one of the primary arenas where hands-on learning comes into play.
Each year, one freshman and one upperclassman earns Experiential Learner of the Year honors for demonstrating initiative, development of a broad and varied portfolio of work, and personal reflection on the skills learned during the Field Period experience.
The six nominees for 2012 were nominated by academic advisers, created a portfolio of work in essays, photographs and other media, and were honored at a luncheon April 27. During the May 5 Honors Convocation ceremony, the winners were named: freshman Lelia Torres of Stockton and sophomore Sarah Marquart of Auburn.
Torres’s first-time Field Period experience was quite a coup, as she was the first freshman from any college or university to land a Field Period internship with the Chautauqua County Office of Probation (CCOP). (more…)
Richard Martin is keenly aware of the challenges adult students face.
Director of the Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP) criminal justice program and assistant professor, he is only six years removed from these same challenges himself. Martin received a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice systems from Keuka in 2005.
“When I went back to school for my bachelor’s degree, I began to see the possibility of entering the teaching profession,” said Martin, who served in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division as an active duty infantry team leader through Operation Desert Storm. He also served in the Army Reserves (drill sergeant), and National Guard, (transportation platoon sergeant).
Martin began his police career with the Village of Fredonia, moved to the Newark Police Department, where he worked with undercover narcotics and fire investigations, and then joined the Rochester Police Department (RPD).
Editor’s Note: This is the sixth in a series of profiles on new, full-time faculty members.
Frank Colaprete became familiar with Keuka College’s Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP) while serving with the Rochester Police Department (RPD).
In fact, he referred several of his officers to ASAP to complete their undergraduate degrees.
“I am a firm believer in the lifelong learning concept, and have been a student longer than I have been a teacher,” said Colaprete, associate professor of criminal justice in ASAP. “I know what it’s like from both sides of the podium, and I still actively seek opportunities to learn as well as transfer that codified and experiential knowledge to others.”
So, Keuka’s ASAP and model of experiential education was a “perfectly natural extension of that for me,” said Colaprete. “As a trainer for more than 24 years, all of my students were continuing education adult professionals working to advance their knowledge and careers.”
Colaprete sees a reflection of himself in his adult students.
“With a background and terminal degree in adult education, I fully understand the needs of adult learners and the nature of how theory and application can be delivered in the classroom,” said Colaprete, who holds bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Roberts Wesleyan College, and a doctoral degree from Fischler Graduate School of Education at Nova Southeastern University. He is also a Certified Litigation Specialist (CLS) in the law enforcement field.
Colaprete was member of the RPD from 1985-2005 and was assigned to patrol, research, training, administration, internal affairs, background investigations, investigative supervision, and investigative support.
Colaprete joined the ASAP faculty part-time in 2005 and served as a visiting associate professor.
In addition to teaching at Keuka, Colaprete is the owner and lead consultant of Justice Systems Solutions LLC, an independent consulting firm that works with law enforcement and public safety organizations.
Colaprete’s research interests are in police science and operational issues, the criminal and administrative investigation processes, police training techniques, program evaluation methodologies, mentoring, and knowledge management.
Colaprete developed a love for teaching early in his police career and began training other police officers in 1987.
“That passion grew through continuing my education and entering the higher education field,” said Colaprete. “I teach mostly graduate studies in criminal justice research, statistics, leadership, administration, and human resources.”
In addition to Keuka, Colaprete has served as a faculty member, instructor, and consultant for such institutions as Norwich University, New England College, Nova Southeastern University, Walden University, Roger Williams University’s Justice and Training Research Institute, Performance Institute, and the Civic Institute at Mercyhurst College.
He is co-author of Internal Investigations: A Practitioner’s Approach and Mentoring in the Criminal Justice Professions: Conveyance of the Craft. He has published several peer- reviewed and professional journal articles in the areas of criminal and internal investigation, as well as police training techniques.
He earned a Top 10 finalist award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and has been featured in the National League of Cities database for successful municipal programs. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year Award for 2009 from Norwich University’s School of Graduate Studies.
Roger Ward is a huge fan of Keuka College’s Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP), so much so that the Waterloo resident has earned three degrees through the program since 2003.
He first completed a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice systems, then a master’s in management. Then in May, Ward graduated with his second master’s – in criminal justice administration.
Thanks to his first master’s degree, Ward said he gained a full understanding of economics and how supply and demand plays into everything. Studying for his second master’s, Ward learned “the CJ problems aren’t agency-specific. Whether you work for a federal, state or local municipality, everybody has the same problems, predominately budget, staffing, and getting the right people in the right places to do the right work. I found that different people will see things pretty much uniformly, even though from a different agency.” (more…)
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