In June, Cody Gill of Oakdale, representing the Kaskaskia
College Criminal Justice program, finished with the Bronze Medal for third
place overall in Criminal Justice at the National SkillsUSA competition in Kansas
City, Missouri. Prior to the
national competition, Cody won the SkillsUSA competition for the State of
Cody was in competition with other competitors from across
the nation. His third place national finish
makes him the second highest-placing Criminal Justice student in Kaskaskia
College Criminal Justice history. In
2011, Tyler Rose secured the National level Silver Medal for Kaskaskia College
Criminal Justice Program.
“It was intimidating at first, competing against all those
other people,” Cody said, “but I was confident that I knew how to do the
required skills. It was fun.”
The competition was stiff, and Cody was shocked when his
name was called. “I just sat there until
Mr. Ingersoll grabbed me,” he said. “Up
on stage and looking out over thousands of people, was definitely one of the
biggest moments of my life so far. Who
knew that my time at KC would get me so far?”
Cody can expect to have more big moments in his life. After graduating from KC this May with an Associate’s
degree in Criminal Justice, he recently joined the Air Force and will report on
August 19 for Basic Training in Texas.
“I will be a military police officer, and hopefully earn a Bachelors’
degree in the service. I would love to
eventually get a job with the FBI or ATF, or one of the big agencies.”
Cody chose Kaskaskia College specifically for small class
sizes and one-on-one instruction. “Mr.
Ingersoll is a great instructor,” Cody said.
“With his many years as a police officer, he is able to teach about real
life situations as well as what is in the books.”
For more information on the Kaskaskia College Administration
of Justice program, please contact the program coordinator, Professor Ken
Ingersoll at 618-545-3336 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.