A full scholarship sponsored by AlliedBarton Security Services was awarded on Aug. 20 at the College’s Northeast Regional Center to Christopher Rycek, who plans to enter the Justice program to prepare for a career as a Philadelphia police officer.
The 18-year-old graduate of Father Judge High School comes from a family of law enforcement officers. His father is a detective in the Philadelphia Police Department, and two uncles, an aunt and a grandfather also work in law enforcement in suburban Philadelphia.
“After looking at many colleges, I chose Community College of Philadelphia because it fit my goals,” Rycek said. “I feel that getting my associate degree prior to attending the Police Academy will better prepare me.”
The AlliedBarton scholarship will cover up to $7,200 in tuition and fees while Rycek attends classes in the Justice program at the College’s Northeast Regional Center. AlliedBarton, a Conshohocken-based security firm that operates a major Philadelphia regional office in Center City, also will provide Rycek with a paid internship.
The part-time job at AlliedBarton is a much appreciated added benefit for Rycek and his family. He is the oldest of three children, and his parents continue to pay Catholic school tuition for his two younger sisters. “I can continue to work part time, get my degree and stay in a city I love and want to one day work in,” he said.
The partnership between AlliedBarton and the College is the type of private/public agreement that helps educate residents and keep the workforce of the city and the nation competitive in the global marketplace. The annual scholarship was established to recognize students who intend to pursue an associate’s degree in the College’s Justice program and who demonstrate the ability to achieve academically despite barriers on the way to success.
“AlliedBarton is proud to be joining with Community College of Philadelphia to initiate this AlliedBarton Scholarship to encourage talented and dedicated students to pursue a career in the field of public safety,” said Jim Gorman, vice president and general manager of AlliedBarton’s Philadelphia region. “Our involvement reflects our corporate commitment to giving back to the communities we serve throughout the United States.”
AlliedBarton Security Services is the industry’s premier provider of highly trained security personnel to many industries including commercial real estate, higher education, health care, residential communities, chemical/petrochemical, government, manufacturing and distribution, financial and shopping centers and malls.