Mike Bowen/Lamar Ledger Editor
POSTED: 05/10/2018 09:10:32 AM MDT
Jannet Chavira is set to graduate from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) this Saturday, May 11, and has taken a non-traditional path.
Chavira will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and was inspired by a family member who was working in a prison. She began taking dual credit classes at Lamar Community College in the criminal justice field, while being a student at Lamar High School.
“That’s where I became more interested,” commented Chavira.
She graduated from Lamar High School in 2014 and graduated from Lamar Community College in 2015. Chavira would then transfer to UCCS in the fall of 2016. In the fall of 2017, she would move back to Lamar to finish her education at UCCS online. At the same time, Chavira would do a seven credit internship at the Prowers County Jail.
Chavira was able to shadow the deputies in the jail, sit in on court proceedings, assist with transports and learn about the court and jail process.
“I actually like the court process because I want to be a probation officer,” said Chavira. She further said she was able to apply what she had been learning in the classroom.
Chavira will return to Colorado Springs this Saturday, May 11 for her commencement from UCCS at the Broadmoor World Arena.