GGC student attends Secret Service Leadership Academy
Dacula resident among 30 students selected to attend
Georgia Gwinnett College student Rose Fox, 20, was chosen to attend a seven-day U.S. Secret Service Leadership Academy in Washington, D.C. held this past summer. The academy focuses on the dynamics of motivating others and effective law enforcement.
Fox learned about the opportunity from a family friend who works for the Gwinnett County Police Department when she inquired about ways to proceed in a law enforcement career. She was eligible to apply for the program in part due to her participation in the Gwinnett County Police Explorer program for more than three years. Other requirements for consideration included an application process, a 500-word essay and recommendations and approvals.
“I’ve been determined to be in law enforcement since the age of eight, and law enforcement has been a constant theme throughout my life,” said Fox, who is studying criminal justice at Georgia Gwinnett. “I’m grateful for all of the help I received throughout the application process from GGC professors and advisors.”
Fox credits GGC with instilling a sense of personal responsibility and integrity in its students and teaching creative thinking along with the ability to address issues from all sides.
“All of my courses at GGC have taught me something I will be able to use in my future career,” Fox said.
She cites the academy as a wonderful experience where she learned what it takes to become a Secret Service agent, and more importantly, what it means to be part of the agency. The brief classroom exercises on leadership gave her and other participants a clear outline of the expectations and goals needed to get to where they wanted to be in life.
“The most important thing I observed was the professionalism of all of the Secret Service agents I encountered, she said. “They took care to show us the importance of their jobs to national security and thus the importance of traits like honor and trust to law enforcement professionals.”
After attending the academy, Fox wants to work for the Secret Service after she graduates from GGC in 2015 and pursues a master’s degree in criminology from the University of Maryland.
“GGC’s professors have been invaluable to my education, career goals and personal growth,” Fox said. “I will definitely carry these lessons and experiences with me for the rest of my life.”
Fox enjoys following politics and foreign policy and plays video games when she’s not attending classes, studying or spending time with friends and family.