When Montana Fazi crossed the convocation stage to receive her Bachelorâ€™s degree from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), she felt grateful for Fleming College Police Foundations faculty for helping her reach this milestone.
â€śI am truly beyond thankful for all of the Police Foundations faculty,â€ť said Montana. â€śThey played a huge role in my education decisions and successes. It was because of their encouragement and guidance that I continued learning to pursue my education and career goals. When I struggled through university, I pushed through those struggles because I wanted to make them proud and succeed.â€ť
Montana graduated from Flemingâ€™s Police Foundations program in 2015, describing her two years at Sutherland Campus as her best years yet.
â€śFleming College provided a lot of fun ways to get involved in the campus community. I took advantage of this and made the best of my college experience,â€ť said Montana, who was involved in the Street Team, First Aid Support Team, International Student Club, and International Peer Mentoring. â€śThese experiences allowed me to grow as an individual, meet new people, and gain transferable skills.â€ť
Montana also credits the Police Foundations program with helping her gain transferable knowledge and skills, which she used for a Fleming education pathway to UOIT the following May (2016).
â€śThere are a few differences between college and university that I have noticed,â€ť said Montana, who graduated from UOIT with her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Justice this year.
She explained that Fleming has group work and scenario learning exercises to apply course material, and has small class sizes.
â€śI feel that Fleming did prepare me for university,â€ť said Montana. â€śI was able to identify theories and concepts that I learned in college courses that came up again in university courses. Being prepared and already having knowledge of the material made transitioning into university courses smoother.â€ť
Montana enjoyed her time at UOIT and credits the Student Learning Centre staff and professors with making access to disability services a great experience. She said they accommodated her needs, pushed her to succeed, and were there for her.
She recommends Flemingâ€™s education pathways to other students who want to expand their skills and get both the college and university experience.
â€śI was able to gain the hands-on experience through college, while also gaining experience in independent learning through university. Both of which are valuable experiences that I can bring with me into my field of work,â€ť she said.