Meet Benny

Police chief. Grandfather. Enthusiastic student. After 27 years on the police force, Benny knew he needed an education, alongside his experience, to advance his career.

I’ve been a police officer for approximately 27 years and even with all of that experience, I needed an education to be eligible for a promotion. From years on the police force I knew Tim Chesser pretty well; he is Gateway’s director of safety and security. It was an easy decision to choose Gateway to obtain my criminal justice credentials.

I knew I needed a college that was affordable and would work around my full-time work schedule. Gateway had the most reasonable tuition cost and the most flexible course schedule. It was also extremely helpful to know that Tim and another Gateway professor, Dr. Amy Carrino, were there to help me through the process of returning to school. Gateway faculty and staff are very helpful and, if they don’t know the answer to your question, they’ll put you in touch with someone who does.

Before my classes started, I thought the workload might be too much. I wasn’t sure what to expect but Gateway made the transition back to school so comfortable. I quickly became adjusted to life as a student and as a full-time assistant police chief.

My wife of 32 years, my two daughters and my grandchildren were all extremely supportive of my returning to school. They all knew that obtaining a college degree would help my career in the long run. I completed an Associate in Applied Science degree in December 2011 and was just recently promoted to Police Chief; I have no doubt that it was because of the credentials I earned at Gateway.

Since I transferred from Gateway, I have been working on a bachelor’s degree and hope to graduate in 2013. In the long-term, I hope to obtain a master’s degree in criminal justice and I may even consider coming back to Gateway to teach! I had an extremely positive experience at Gateway and would highly recommend that anyone start their higher education here; it just makes sense! I am more because of Gateway.

To learn more about how you can be more, visit the Gateway Admissions office