Scott Stewart, Criminal Justice Graduate

It took me 12 years to get my degree, and as a cop and a military officer, I could not attend regular classes, so CDL provided a great option for me. If I did not get my four-year degree, I would have had to give up my military officer status and go back down to enlisted. Almost one year ago, tornados attacked Osceola County in Florida. One directly hit a park my parents lived in. Initially, I was told they were missing. When I arrived, I was told that they were trapped. I knew that this emergency, with my efforts to rescue my parents, would take time away from my coursework at CDL. I contacted the College and told them to please look at the news, my parents are victims, we have some 26 dead and hundreds of people trapped and injured. I explained that I would not be able to stay on track with the timetable. My teacher told me to disregard time limits, to take care of my parents and all the injured and homeless people, to help the citizens I am sworn to protect. My teacher told me that after all is done, call me and we will go from there. So CDL stood up to not only human factors but to factors only God controls. Now that I have completed my degree, I have great pride in applying for jobs with the FBI, United States Secret Service, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, AFT, and IRS. Before starting at CDL, I could only dream. Now that dream of possible employment is real.