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Criminal Justice students awarded scholarships at annual law enforcement luncheon

Article by: Michael Farrell

DEPEW—SUNY Erie Community College Criminal Justice students Henry Urbanczyk (pictured above) and Nicholas Pordan were recently awarded $1,000 scholarships by security organization ASIS International at its local chapter’s 43rd annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon, held at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens on December 14.

ASIS International—a global community of security practitioners who represent virtually every industry in the public and private sectors, and organizations of all sizes—annually award scholarships to ASIS members and full or part-time students who are enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year college or university. Applicants need to have completed at least one year of study in a Public or Private Security, Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, or Pre-Law program; and plan to seek a career in security or law enforcement. Both Urbanczyk and Pordan met these requirements, with the former also boasting credentials as president of SUNY Erie’s Criminal Justice Club at South Campus, as well as completion of a coveted student internship within the Erie County District Attorney’s Office. 

The honors are the latest acknowledgement for SUNY Erie’s Criminal Justice and Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement programs, lauded both locally and nationally for their career-focused training, intent on seamlessly transitioning prepared students to professional opportunities across Western New York. Honored as a top program by such publications as Best College Reviews and Community College Week, SUNY Erie’s associate degrees in Criminal Justice and Criminal Justice/Law/Enforcement are designed to provide a foundation in the theory and execution of law, and to prepare students to assume responsible positions in any of a variety of criminal justice agencies. Graduates of these programs have the background to transfer to a four-year program, or into employment as police officers, conservation officers, correctional officers, or campus safety officers, or find work in private or industrial security. 

For more information about SUNY Erie Criminal Justice, contact Kevin Barnas at (716) 851-1922 or barnask@ecc.edu; or Michael Kozlowski at (716) 851-1535 or kozlowski@ecc.edu.

Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership. For more information, visit www.ecc.edu or call (716) 851-1ECC.