Matthew Cieplucha realized he wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement at a young age because it would allow him to help his community. "I chose the Criminal Justice major because it's a career field where you will experience something different every day. You never know what will happen next, and being able to help others in need or during a crisis makes the job feel that much more fulfilling."
Coming to Rivier was a great decision. "What I enjoy the most are the relationships I've built with my professors. They really take the time to get to know you on a personal level, and they care about your career goals."
In addition to his Criminal Justice classes, Matthew has completed two internships, one with the Nashua Police Department and the other with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
"My internship at the Nashua Police Department has helped me obtain a better understanding of what each bureau does within the Department and how each contributes to the overall goal of serving and protecting the community. Some of my internship tasks included going on ride-alongs, follow-ups with detectives, experiencing court proceedings with the Legal Bureau, and more. These experiences gave me the opportunity to see how cases travel through the different departments."
Working with the DEA was eye-opening. Matthew learned the effects of the drug crisis on individual citizens, law enforcement personnel, and the community. "I got an inside look at how drug organizations operate and the steps taken by federal law enforcement to apprehend those who manufacture, smuggle, or sell illegal drugs."
Matthew graduated with his B.S. in Criminal Justice this past spring and is currently an MBA student at Rivier. "Once I receive my MBA, I will apply for Special Agent positions within the federal government. I will take what I learned at Rivier and use it achieve my ultimate career goal-serving others."