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The Sgt. Richard “Sam” Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter Memorial Scholarship

Posted on December 18th, 2017 by Florida Technical College

The scholarship will be bestowed to law enforcement personnel interested in furthering their education. KISSIMMEE, Fla.– Sgt. Richard “Sam” Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter, of the Kissimmee Police Department, fell in the line of duty earlier this year. They left behind young families and an entire community that loved them and appreciated their service. Florida Technical College is making sure their sacrifices are not forgotten by creating a scholarship that honors and carries on the officers’ civil service legacy. “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself,” said FTC Kissimmee Campus Executive Director, Gabriel Garces. “That is a definition that applies squarely to these two officers. They paid the ultimate price to keep our community and families safe. FTC wants to make sure that something positive comes from this tragedy so that the officers’ legacy may live on and they may continue touching lives.” The Sgt. Richard “Sam” Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter Memorial Scholarship will cover in full the Bachelor’s Degree program in Criminal Justice with Emphasis in Homeland Security, available residentially or online at the Kissimmee campus. Howard, 36, and Baxter, 27, where shot last August while performing a routine check into three suspicious people near the intersection of Cypress and Palmway streets in Kissimmee. At some point during the check, one of the subjects opened fire. Baxter died almost immediately while Howard succumbed to his injuries the next day. To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must meet all the following criteria: Be an active Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) in Florida Have completed a State of Florida law enforcement academy program Submit a letter of recommendation from the Chief of Police or Sheriff from their respective agency. Write an essay of no less than 150 words detailing their contributions to the community and how a degree would help further their career. Applications and accompanying materials will be evaluated by a board comprised by representatives of Florida Technical College, Kissimmee Police Department and the families of the fallen officers. Scholarship applications are available at FTC Kissimmee campus Financial Aid Department. Completed applications must be submitted to the Financial Aid Department by January 15, 2018.  The recipient of the Memorial Scholarship will be determined by January 31, 2018.   Honoring Fallen Kissimmee Officers Through a Full Scholarship for Students     About Florida Technical College: Founded in 1982 to provide private, post-secondary education in specialized fields, FTC is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. FTC offers associate and bachelor’s degrees and diploma programs in a range of professions, including healthcare, computer networking, web design, criminal justice, culinary arts, and cosmetology. FTC campuses are located in Orlando, Lakeland, DeLand, Kissimmee, Pembroke Pines, and Cutler Bay. Program availability varies by campus. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. For graduation rates, median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit

Your 6-Step Guide to Finding the Right School for Criminal Justice

Posted on April 6th, 2017 by Florida Technical College

Criminal justice is an exciting career field, with many options ranging from working as a police officer or security officer to getting a position with a federal law enforcement agency, such as Border Patrol or the Transportation Security Administration. In this career field, you can enjoy meaningful work that contributes to public safety while helping others.   A great advantage in this field is the job security it provides. Now more than ever is a great time to enter the field of criminal justice. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, several related career fields are growing and adding new positions periodically: police, detectives, probation officers, corrections officers, private investigators.   If you’re interested in a career in criminal justice, you will need the right education. This is a field that requires you to start out with some training and basic knowledge prior to learning more skills on the job. The training and basic knowledge that is needed will require you to find a school with a criminal justice program. All the options available might make you feel a bit overwhelmed, but with these six simple steps, you can be sure you’ll have a better strategy to finding the right school for you.   Determine Your Deal Breakers: What You Actually Need in a School for Criminal Justice   One of the most important things you can do when choosing a school for criminal justice is to get down to the basics. Ask yourself what you absolutely need in a school and what your deal breakers are. For example, is relocating a possibility or do you need to find a school that is a reasonable commute from where you live now? Knowing what your must-haves are and your deal breakers will eliminate a lot of possibilities. Here are some other factors to consider and to decide if they are deal breakers or if you have some flexibility:   Tuition and extra costs. Online class availability. Courses offered on weekends and evenings. The ability to choose your class schedule. Financial aid assistance. The choice of an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree. Requirements for being accepted to a program.   Narrow Down Your Options for a School for Criminal Justice.   Step 1 should have done this for you to some extent. If you have non-negotiables, like a tuition price tag you can afford without a loan or the exact degree you want, you can eliminate some of your possibilities. There are many schools offering degrees in criminal justice, but they are not all the same. You may still be left with several choices, so if you were not able to eliminate many schools with the first step, now is the time to find out what sets the better schools apart.   Look for what makes a school desirable for other students. For instance, is the school for criminal justice accredited? If it is, you should be able to easily find that information on the school website, and if it’s not, you have no guarantee that it provides a quality education. Also look for the schools that offer you the most services at no extra cost: career skills education, job placement, job fairs and assistance with financial aid. Make Campus Visits to Each School for Criminal Justice That Spark Your Interest.   This is the fun part. Now that you have a manageable number of schools on your short list, you can visit each campus and see for yourself what it’s like. You can learn a great deal of important details by researching online or even talking to staff on the phone or through email exchanges, but physically being on campus will tell you so much more about what the school is like.   The schools you are interested in should make it easy for you to visit and even take a tour. Ask if you can sit in on classes from the criminal justice department in order for you to make an even more-informed decision. Look for things like small class sizes, students who are engaged and interested during class and faculty members that are really concerned with teaching students and giving them valuable skills and knowledge. And if campus life is important to you, spend some time with students and find out what kinds of student groups there are, recreational activities and clubs.   Compare the Faculty at Each School for Criminal Justice.   You’re going to a school for criminal justice because you want to learn, but also because you want a career-focused education. You want a degree and a program that will give you the skills you need to actually get a job in law enforcement, security, or government agency and to succeed in your new career. One of the most important factors in getting the education you need to meet these goals is the faculty.   You need to choose a school that is staffed by knowledgeable instructors, but there is more to it than that. With a career-driven education, you need teachers who have actually done the work you want to learn how to do. Find out which of the schools you’re interested in have faculty who have worked in the field of criminal justice. Many career schools are staffed by career professionals, but some are more consistent about hiring experienced teachers than others. Apply to Your Favorites, but also have a Backup Plan.   By this step you should have a pretty solid list of great schools to choose from, and it’s time to take more concrete action. Start the application process for the few schools you now have on your condensed list. However, make sure that beneath your favorites you have one other school that could potentially work as a backup plan. There is always the possibility that something may go wrong with your few favorites and you come to realize that the backup plan will probably suit you best.     Make Your Final Choice of a School for Criminal Justice.   […]