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Careers in the making

Criminal justice students saw the value of a Widener University education in person at the recent career fair that brought potential employers to campus.

The event brought Widener alumni who talked about their careers in the field, which include working in law enforcement, probation, and parole.

Dr. Shana L. Maier, associate professor in criminal justice at Widener, talked about the alumni presence: “It’s very rewarding for us to see our students back, but I also think it’s encouraging for students” to meet alumni who “have been out for a few years and loving the field, and got something out of the criminal justice major to move on.”

The 17 entities represented included social services agencies, state-level and community-level corrections, the FBI and other federal agencies, and Widener Law School.

Widener offers an undergraduate degree in criminal justice and a master’s in criminal justice.

Emily Koppenhofer, a master’s student who attended the fair, said of Widener’s program, “I am learning so much. More than I thought I was going to learn. Not only through textbooks, but it’s really hands-on.”