When Southeast student Heather West of Jackson, Mo., graduated in May of 2007, she realized her new life had just begun. West, who was a criminal justice major, attended and graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in October of 2007 and is now a Deputy U.S. Marshal in St. Louis.
In the spring of 2007, West took part in the prestigious U.S. Marshal Service (USMS) Centralized Student Career Experience Program (CSCEP) in Glencoe, Ga. The CSCEP is a 16-week cooperative work study program for students who are interested in becoming Deputy U.S. Marshals.
“I was overwhelmed with excitement and gratitude when I discovered my acceptance into the program.” West said, “I had so much to be thankful for. Most people wait years to become a part of the U.S. Marshals. The program provides students with direct access to the Marshal Service. Unlike the majority of people wishing to get into federal law enforcement, I did not have to take a national test."
To meet requirements for the program, students referred by the University must be at least 20 years old, have U.S. citizenship and maintain a 3.0 grade point average within their major field and an overall grade point average of 2.75, and be near completion of degree requirements. Once chosen by the school, the student must then pass a structured interview, full-field background investigation, medical and psychological examination and fitness test.
According to Dr. John Wade, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology, “This is the first time a Southeast graduate has been hired through the CSCEP program to become a U.S. Marshal.”