Police and criminal justice officials throughout the region provided internship opportunities for a number of MWCC Criminal Justice majors during the spring semester. To thank them for providing real-life, career experiences for the students, department chair Reed Hillman presented certificates of appreciation during a recent gathering on the Gardner campus.Eleven students completed a minimum of 120 hours over the 15-week semester at 10 different sites including the Gardner, Westminster, Boxborough, Ashburnham, Shirley, Hubbardston, Fitchburg and Barre police departments, the Gardner District Court and the North Central Correctional Institution in Gardner.“The internships are a great way for students to gain experience while making connections that can lead to jobs,” said Hillman, former commander of the Massachusetts State Police.
Students involved with the project include:
Robin Arsenault, mentored by Terrence Moran and Rebecca Ramirez from the Leominster District Court Probation Department;
Ramon-Alejo Correa, mentored by Lt. Michael Ciccolini and Detective Sandoval from the Leominster Police Department;
Russel Davidson, mentored by Chief David H. Whitaker of the Templeton Police Department;
Cody Hamilton, mentored by Sargent Mike Fiore and Trooper Joseph Liberty from Massachusetts State Police K9 Section;
David Migrants, mentored by Probation Officer Jose Martinez from Gardner District Court Probation Department;
Nathan Oakes, mentored by Chief Karen Kolimaga and officers Darren Senecal, Mike Ladeau, and Jim Halkola from MWCC’s Police Department;
Ana Rice, mentored by Jacqueline Benoit and Maureen Chamberlain from Worcester District Court Probation Department;
Jared Richard, mentored by Sargent Glenn Fossa from Fitchburg Police Department;
Steven Rooney, mentored by Colette Goguen, the Deputy Superintendent of NCCI Gardner;
Joshua Sandagon, mentored by Matt Beaudet from Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Community Corrections Center;
Sarah St. Peter, mentored by Captain Paul Bozicas and Officer Stacy Cronin and Stephanie Dondero from Domestic Violence Advocate for Fitchburg.