Kyler Pekarek '13
kyler pekarek '13
police officer, city of yankton
Degree: bachelor of arts in criminal justice
Why Mount Marty?
I was so impressed with MMC's atmosphere when I came to visit as a potential college transfer student. Every person I came into contact with seemed to truly care about me.
After that campus visit, I transferred to MMC and was there for the second 2 years of my college career. you that initial instinct I had about MMC being a caring community? It was that and more.
Mount Marty’s Impact
The three most influential people during my time at MMC were my academic advisor and two of my baseball coaches. They would take time out of their day to touch base with me and guide me down the right path. They were not just there for a job. They really wanted me to be successful.
Road to Success
I was very successful during my time in the MMC criminal justice proram. I was connected with an internship through the Yankton Police Department where I learned valuable real world experience.
I knew I wanted to be part of that department and through hard work and perseverence, I met my goal when they offered me a position. I am now working towards becoming a K9 handler at the Yankton Police Department.
Don't settle for a post-high school option based on where your friends go. Keep in mind that even if you go in a different direction than your friends, they will still be part of your life and you will meet new friends wherever you go.