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Upstate Spring 14 Magazine Online

STUDENT News And All The The Road Taken Difference Has Made BY PAM PREVATTE From left, standing, Brittany Scruggs - alumna, Kevin Kennedy - alumnus, Brandi Dhers - supervisor and alumna, Ola Rice - USC Upstate intern, Tonya Alvarez - USC Upstate intern, Ethan Weston - alumnus, Heather Higgins Carswell - alumna, Kayla Koger Edmonds - alumna, and Jonathan Deal - alumnus. From left, seated, Erin Kirby Johnson - supervisor and alumna and Tamara Waddell Ratliff - assistant agent in charge and alumna. here’s no single path or guarantee to a successful career. The route some criminal justice majors at the University of South Carolina Upstate are taking is proving that participating in the right internship can make all the difference. In the past 18 months, 10 USC Upstate graduates who completed internships with the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services (SCDPPPS) have later been hired by the department. This is a byproduct of a successful relationship the University and the SCDPPPS have shared for more than 20 years. Tamara Ratliff, the assistant agent in charge of the Spartanburg SCDPPPS, is a USC Upstate graduate. One of her duties is selecting and placing interns for her office. And it’s her philosophy that has helped to shape the program in recent years. “I don’t believe there’s anything that can be learned from shredding all day,” Ratliff said. “There is a lot of in-depth training with our interns. They become very familiar with what goes on and what to expect. I try to expose them to everything an agent would encounter. They can do most everything but go out into the field.” 2014 Spring Upstate Magazine 10 


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