Bachelor of Arts in Law Enforcement Administration
Career Goal: Chief of Police
"This University truly cares and is here to support me.”
Charles Ellebrecht, 27, currently serves as a Sergeant with the Fortuna Police Department. His interest in law enforcement began in high school, when he joined the Fortuna PD’s Police Explorer program. “After high school graduation, I was hired as a Public Safety Dispatcher.” For two years, Charles worked as a dispatcher while attending College of the Redwoods part-time and taking online courses through Rio Hondo Community College. Once he had enough college credit under his belt, he enrolled in the College of the Redwoods Police Academy.
“I graduated from the academy in 2005 and was hired as a Fortuna Police Officer. Since then, I have worked as a traffic officer, youth services officer, field evidence technician, and field training officer. In July 2011, I was promoted to Sergeant.”
Since Charles’ ultimate goal is to become Chief of Police, he decided to complete a Bachelor’s degree. “Having an education is very important,” he explains, but “law enforcement is a demanding job. Our shifts rotate and we often work long hours. Given the demands of the job, I felt that online learning was the best option for me.”
Charles chose Ashford University because he liked the Law Enforcement Administration program, and he was quickly impressed by the culture of support at the University. “Just after starting my first class, I received a call from my Academic Advisor who said he was just checking in to see how everything was going, and to make sure that I did not have any questions or concerns. This truly caught me off guard. I have attended both traditional and online classes with other schools, and never once got a call from the school to see how everything was going. This University truly cares and is here to support me.”
The academics have proven to be of the caliber Charles expected - “I have learned a lot, and it’s already making me feel more comfortable with my law enforcement career” - and the supportive environment has continued. “Ashford is truly a great school. The online courses are flexible, easy to navigate, and designed to encourage student participation, and the staff is very supportive. I have had several questions throughout my time at Ashford and each and every person I have spoken with has been great.”
After graduation, Charles plans to continue with his education and earn a Master of Public Administration with Ashford.