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TCL charters criminal justice association chapter inducts 6 students

September 08, 2011

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Photo: Pictured from left to right are Dr. Kenneth Flick, Dean of Business and Industrial Technologies; Joshua Edenfield, inductee; Magdalena Bradford, inductee; Michael Ricks, Criminal Justice Instructor; Chanta Hays, inductee; Matthew Clancy, Beaufort Chief of Police; Dr. Thomas Leitzel, TCL President; Raymond Hamilton, inductee; Jennifer Matkez, inductee; and Anthony Rivers, inductee.


The Technical College of the Lowcountry recently held its chartering ceremony for the Gamma Phi Gamma Chapter of the National American Criminal Justice Association Lambda Alpha Epsilon.


Membership in the Association is composed of individuals employed in the criminal justice system or taking a course of study in criminal justice at an accredited college or university.


“We are excited to bring this association to the College,” Criminal Justice Instructor Michael Ricks said. “It’s a great avenue for our criminal justice students to connect with one another and with professionals in our area and throughout the country.”


Inductees were:

  • Magdalena Bradford
  • Joshua Edenfield
  • Raymond Hamilton
  • Chanta Hays
  • Jennifer Matkez
  • Anthony Rivers


The ceremony featured messages by TCL President Dr. Tom Leitzel and criminal justice students Hamilton, Hays, Edenfield and Bradford.


Chief Matthew Clancy of the Beaufort City Police Department delivered the key note address and encouraged the students to take their studies seriously. He added that being a part of such a prestigious organization would help their resumes stand out.


Other guests included Sheriff Gregory Jenkins of Jasper County and Sgt. Maurice Hunt of the Hampton County Sheriff’s Department. In addition, the Association’s National President Joe Davenport addressed the audience through a special Internet video conference, which was also open to other criminal justice students who were unable to attend the ceremony.


The ceremony also included the Presentation of Colors by the Beaufort County’s Sheriff’s Department Color Guard and special music by the TCL Gospel Choir.


Goals of the American Criminal Justice Association include improving criminal justice through educational activities; fostering professionalism in law enforcement personnel and agencies; promoting professional, academic, and public awareness of criminal justice issues; and promoting high standards of ethical conduct, professional training, and higher education within the criminal justice field.


TCL offers several programs in criminal justice including an associate degree, transfer pathway, and certificates in correctional office administration, law enforcement training, law enforcement psychology training and correctional training. For more information, please contact Ricks at or 843.525.8322.




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