MCC Grad Proves Himself Wrong
Jerry Turbyfill was uncertain he could succeed returning to the classroom. As a nontraditional student at 50 years old, he had doubts. Once enrolled in curriculum work at Mayland Community College, he proved himself wrong.
“I always knew that I should finish my degree, but the timing just never seemed to be right,” said Turbyfill who graduated MCC with a degree in Criminal Justice. “I was not sure if I was cut out to do the work. Ron Davis encouraged me, and told me that this was doable, and that I would be able to successfully complete the program if I just put in the work.”
Criminal Justice is a broad field that contains many different types of jobs. In his almost 30-year career, Turbyfill has worked in dispatch, detention, as a road officer, a detective, a supervisor, and chief of police. He has also taught classes for the MCC Basic Law Enforcement Program.
“All of those jobs had their benefits and also their negative points,” said Turbyfill. ” I found over time, that my favorite aspect was investigations. I now have the good fortune of being able to do what I enjoy. I love the fact that there are enough varied job descriptions in the field that most people can find a good career fit somewhere in the system.”
MCC’s Criminal Justice Technology program provides knowledge of criminal justice systems and operations. Study focuses on local, state, and federal law enforcement, judicial processes, corrections, and security services. Employment opportunities exist in a variety of local, state, and federal law enforcement, corrections, and security fields. Examples include police officer, deputy sheriff, county detention officer, state trooper, intensive probation/parole surveillance officer, correctional officer, and loss prevention specialist.
Turbyfill was urged to continue his education at Lees McRae to complete a full four-year degree. Again, he had doubts, but once he began the classwork at Lees McRae, he felt he had been well prepared for the challenge from his time at MCC.
“I was fortunate enough to graduate from college with a perfect 4.0 GPA over all four years, said Turbyfill. “[Avery County] Sheriff Frye, [co-worker] Karen Carver, and I all went through both colleges and now are pursuing a graduate degree at Arizona State University. We are successful in this nationally ranked graduate program, and Mayland helped prepare all of us to succeed at a higher level.”
Turbyfill credits study habits and techniques, working to stay on schedule for classes, staying ahead on assignments, turning class work in on time, and following assignment instructions as skills he learned through coursework at MCC.
As an instructor, Turbyfill enjoys seeing his students succeed, not just in class, but beyond the classroom.
“With law enforcement instruction, I always try to keep in mind that what I teach might keep someone alive out on the streets, and I always felt it was a great responsibility. I also suggest to my students that they continue their learning.”
Turbyfill says his simple instruction for succeeding as a student is simply do what your instructor asks and do the best work you can.