Jonathan Rovtar-Ruiz

Jonathan Rovtar-Ruiz always knew he wanted a career which focused on helping people. His challenge was finding the right career.

Rovtar-Ruiz came to OCC from Jamesville-Dewitt High School and enrolled in the College’s Nursing program but realized it wasn’t right for him. He struck up a conversation with Assistant Professor Peter Patnode in the Criminal Justice department and suddenly everything became clear. “I realized Criminal Justice was what I wanted to pursue. He drove everything home and taught me anything is possible if you try hard enough.

Rovtar-Ruiz did an internship with the Syracuse Police Department and loved it. As the President of the Criminal Justice Club he helped organize an event during the fall 2014 semester which brought emergency response vehicles from both the Syracuse Police Department and the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department up to campus. The event gave students the opportunity to get a first-hand look at the equipment police use and speak with law enforcement officers about career options. “For me it was a reminder I am pursuing the right career.”

Rovtar-Ruiz will graduate in May 2015. His goal is to work for either the Syracuse Police Department or the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department.

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