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June 10, 2015

Student Spotlight: Christie Banks

Name: Christie Banks

Transfer Student from: Southeast Community College

Major: Criminal Justice

EKU Whitesburg Regional Campus


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

I chose to transfer to EKU because they have an amazing Criminal Justice Program.  

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 Whitesburg to EKU?

The process of transferring was very easy, I had my transcripts sent and filled out an application.

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?

 I choose Criminal Justice because I wanted to help people. I want to help people get their life back together after jail.

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

Yes, transferring from a community college made me have a slight price shock when looking at the price per hour at EKU. But being that everything after 12 hours was free made it very affordable.

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?

The website helped me connect more with other students, being that classes are online and I was the only one from SECTC’s Whitesburg campus taking classes it opened my eyes to all the possibilities in the future.

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

 Yes, I plan to join the organizations in the upcoming semester.

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

7. What are your educational goals?

I plan to graduate with my Bachelor’s and enter into the work force.

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

I started in the spring 2015 semester.

9. What is your career goal?

I hope to be a parole officer or work in drug court.

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

I would tell others to join as soon as possible. Every member of EKU I talked to in person or over the phone was very helpful. Criminal Justice is an awesome and broad subject to study. There are many possibilities for a career with a Criminal Justice Degree.

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

Be aware of the cost. It is totally worth it in the end though. Having a Criminal Justice degree from EKU will give you an edge when applying for a job.

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