Student Success Story!9 January 2014
Meet Lance McElroy, Criminal Justice
What were you doing prior to enrolling at Pioneer Pacific College?
I was working as a stretcher and saw operator for Apel Extrusions in Springfield and attending evening classes at Lane Community College full time.
Why did you choose Pioneer Pacific?
My wife scheduled an appointment to interview for the Medical Assisting Program and I went with her. While there, I asked about the G.I. Bill and learned that I could use it and also get my degree completed faster.
Why did you choose the Criminal Justice program?
I chose criminal justice because I have always wanted to be a police officer. I joined the military to get experience to help me become a police officer. Having the degree, would up my chances of getting my dream job.
What were some of your challenges while a student at PPC?
My wife was in school the same time I was so things got crazy around midterms and finals. My wife also had a baby while we were in school. Most people think it is hard to work and to go to school and have a life, but it can be done.
What was the job search process like for you after graduating?
I had applied to different departments while in school and never had any luck. Finally, in my last term, I got accepted to the Nome, Alaska Police Department. It was a little different having to fly up and test but it was worth it.
What are your short term career goals?
I plan on, within the next few years, to become a K9 officer.
What are your long term career goals?
I plan on becoming a police chief of a department some day.
What advice would you like to give other students at Pioneer Pacific College?
No matter what, don’t give up! Keep trying. And if you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for help. The
Teachers are there to help you, so use them. I have gotten wonderful advice from the criminal justice teachers that helped me land this job. They have the real experience, whereas at some schools, the teachers just have the degree. Take the knowledge they give you and use it. It really works!