Christian L. Kervick
Early on in my career with the Delaware Criminal Justice Council, I realized that my first college degree in political science was a great foundation, but I didn’t have all the knowledge and theoretical background necessary for working in the criminal justice field.
Going back to school and taking one criminal justice course put me on a path to taking more courses. I enjoyed it and stayed with it, although there were certainly times it was a challenge. Working full time, it took a lot of scheduling and coordination, taking one or two classes most semesters. But once I started, it was definitely my goal to earn that criminal justice degree.
I chose the Georgetown program because I was living in Sussex County. The local campus, with one dedicated adviser and a small group of professors, it was a fantastic experience. I highly encourage people to consider a UD course in Georgetown or Dover, especially an adult student who wants to go back to school.
Working in criminal justice has consumed me for the last 17 years. This job is unique. It’s not law enforcement, or legal or judicial. One day we’re involved in improving a domestic violence shelter or funding juvenile delinquency prevention, the next day it might be a training program for community policing or services for victims of crime, all through criminal justice grants. What we do here is solve problems, meeting challenges every day.
Christian L. Kervick is executive director of the Delaware Criminal Justice Council, the state administering agency for more than $30 million of state and federal criminal justice dollars. Kervick earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Delaware, completing most of his coursework at UD’s Georgetown location.
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