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June 10, 2015

Student Spotlight: Justin Yazza


Name: Justin Yazza 

Transfer Student from: Somerset Community College 

Major: Police Studies 

EKU Somerset Regional Campus 


1. Why did you choose to transfer to Eastern Kentucky University to complete your degree?

 I decided to transfer to EKU is because they have one of the best Criminal Justice / Police Studies program in the country and I knew that is where I needed to be if I wanted to excel in my field.

One advantage to transferring to an EKU Regional Campus is you can complete your entire Bachelor’s program locally. Each of our Regional Campus locations in Corbin, Danville, Hazard, Manchester and Somerset, as well as our expanded locations in the Community College system at Cumberland, Middlesboro, Pikeville, Prestonsburg, and Whitesburg is equipped with faculty to provide Face to Face education as well as our ITV programming which allows for easy expansion of access to new programming.

Additionally, EKU offers a very generous transfer scholarship of up to $12,000.00 which can be easily calculated by you based on your current GPA.

2. Can you describe the process of your transfer from SCC to EKU?

             I was talking with my advisor at SCC is Melissa Winstead, about majoring in police studies. She was telling EKU was the best place for me. She immediately signed me up for an EKU campus visit and got me in contact with Gail Creekmore, The EKU transfer coordinator at SCC. A few short weeks after that I applied to EKU and was accepted then signed up for EKU Direct.

The student outreach transfer officer for EKU is Gail Creekmore, she can help with any of the transfer process, from providing information about the steps of the transfer process to pointing out potential avenues of advantage for transfer students. The Transfer website can be found here and will provide more information for students interested in continuing their education at EKU. Some important points include completing your application, go here to create an account, submitting transcripts to EKUs Office of Admissions, and meeting with EKUs Regional Campus Coordinator for Criminal Justice and Police Studies Mr. Stephen Kappeler.  Please note there is a $35.00 application fee and you will need to submit your transcript to: 521 Lancaster Ave., Charles Douglas Whitlock Bldg. CPO 54, Room 112 Richmond, KY 40475.


3. Why did you select Criminal Justice?

After serving in the U.S. Air forceand U.S. Army for a little over eleven years I wanted to protect the community I now call home.                                  

4. Are you aware that any credit hours at EKU above 12 are free, not including online only classes?

             I did not know that. I will be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to save money and finish my degree as early as possible. 

Taking advantage of these free classes is a great way to save on the cost of education. Please note that the courses are only offered at no additional charge when you are enrolled in face to face and not online classes.

5. Did you find the site helpful in your decision making process?

            Yes. After speaking with Mr. James David Lawson and Mrs. Carla Lawson, I felt reassured about my decision to transfer to Eastern, especially taking classes at the Somerset regional campus.  I was able to find information about the program, forms needed, and see pictures of the campuses on CJRegional.

6. Are you aware that EKU RC offers membership two Nationally Recognized Criminal Justice Organizations?

            I found this information on the CJRegional website. I am looking forward to being a part these two organizations.

Please join us at our Alpha Phi Sigma, Lambda Alpha Epsilon facebook page for more information.

7. What are your educational goals?

My short term goals is to graduate from EKU with a Bachelor’s degree in Police Studies with a certificate in intelligence. Possibly pursuing a Master’s degree through EKU.

8. When will you begin your education at Eastern Kentucky University?

            If everything goes well I will begin my work at EKU in the fall of 2016.

9. What is your career goal?

 My ultimate goal is working in law enforcement the federal, state, or local level.

10. What advice would you give prospective students considering EKU and Criminal Justice/Police Studies?

            If you have a goal, don’t quit when it gets hard. Let that hardship become part of your pride, part of your product. Make the changes necessary to succeed at your dreams.

11. Is there any specific advice you want to offer your Somerset Community College colleagues who might be interested in transferring to EKU to complete their degree?

If I could give any advice to students whether they are traditional or nontraditional it is that you have to be proactive in your decisions. If you have questions or need information find the people that can get you the answers you seek. It is your future that is at stake. If you find yourself in a situation that you don’t like, Ask yourself, “Am I making the sacrifices necessary to be successful.” Go get it.

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