When HCC Criminal Justice Alliance student Justin Hatherlee finished high school, he thought he might like to go into the criminal justice field. When he went on a few ride alongs with his brother-in-law who is a police officer, he knew the field was right for him.
“It’s just something I’ve always been interested in,” Justin explains. “After I finish a Bachelor’s degree, I would like to pursue a career with either the State Bureau of Investigation or the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
Justin is receiving plenty of training on leadership and teamwork. He was one of only thirty students selected from all the community colleges in the state to attend the Student Leadership Institute. The institute was developed to broaden leadership training opportunities for North Carolina's Community College students and to prepare them for professional and civic responsibilities.
“Participating in the institute completely changed how I view things,” Hatherlee says. “Now I realize the importance of teamwork and leadership skills and how to work with other personalities. I also learned a lot about myself.”
Justin served as a Student Ambassadors for the 2009-2010 academic year at HCC and will represent the school again for the 2010-2011 year. He is also a member of the Criminal Justice Club. Justin is from Canton and graduated from Pisgah High School. He works as part of the dietary staff of Silver Bluff Nursing Home. He is a musician and enjoys exercising, writing, playing sports, and reading.
“It made more sense to come to HCC,” Justin explains. “I am saving money and the classes fit into my schedule. Plus, there are good resources here. I have one-on-one time with teachers. The criminal justice instructors have real world experience in the field to give you a better perspective of what to expect in the life of a law enforcement officer.”More Student Stories