Brittney Hickey is working non-stop to achieve her career goals. She’s raising two children, working nights at the Elmcrest Children’s Center and is a full-time student in OCC’s Criminal Justice major. Earlier this week she was rewarded with a visit from Onondaga County Sheriff Gene Conway who presented her with the New York State Sheriff’s Association’s annual scholarship.
Hickey has a background in law enforcement. She previously worked as a corrections officer in North Carolina. The experience was eye-opening. “I didn’t like the way corrections officers and staff were treating the people there. Even though they are inmates, they’re still human beings and I have morals. I thought, ‘I can actually help people when they get out of this situation if they’re willing to push for it.’”
Based on her experience, Hickey decided she wanted to become a probation officer and enrolled in OCC’s Criminal Justice major in the spring of 2017. After a year on campus she’s convinced she made the right choice. “The teachers here make it easy to understand things. They have a level of experience which really helps them teach you.”
Criminal Justice Professor Jessica Field says Hickey is very deserving of the scholarship. “She is a great student who is focused on her career goal. She is an extremely hard worker who puts her education right up there with work and raising her two children. Without a doubt, she will succeed in the criminal justice field.”
Hickey says she will use the money from the New York State Sheriff’s Association’s scholarship to pay for her classes this summer. Her goal is to earn her degree in May 2019.