The Woodlands Center Hosts CJ Career Workshop

The Sam Houston State University Woodlands Center building.

The Woodlands Center Career Workshop
Deputy U.S. Marshal Robert Garmon (’05)

Thu, April 17, 2014
11:00 am
The Woodlands Center, Room 110

Join us for a Criminal Justice Career Workshop at The Woodlands Center, featuring resumes and interviewing skills, criminal justice internships and a presentation by Deputy U.S. Marshal Robert Garmon on federal jobs.

“With the growing number of criminal justice students at The Woodlands Center, we want to ensure that they receive the same career development opportunities offered on the main campus,” said Dr. Janet Mullings, Executive Director of The Woodlands Center. “This event will help our students identify their career goals and sharpen their skills to make them more competitive in the marketplace.”

CJ Career Counselor Vanessa Richard
CJ Career Counselor Vanessa Richard
Vanessa Richard, the CJ Career Counselor, will present a resume and interviewing skills workshop. In addition to providing tips for the job hunt, the session will present the diverse array of services at Career Services, including career assessments, mock interviews, cover letter and resume assistance, JOBS for KATS job listings, career library/computers, company information, presentations and workshops, career counseling and on-campus interviews.

Dr. Jim Dozier, Internship Coordinator for the College of Criminal Justice, will discuss the hundreds of internships offered in law enforcement, corrections, victim services, forensic science and private companies. The full-time internships, available in the senior year, include nine credit hours and are an opportunity to link to future employment.

Dr. Jim Dozier in his office among mementos of his past />Internship Coordinator Dr. Jim Dozier“What sets our program apart from others is that the student will spend the entire semester or summer in an internship reporting to potential employers, rather than a part-time internship,” said Dr. Dozier. “The internship program is an important component for criminal justice students as it expands the number of contacts you can make which in turn will create more opportunities for careers.”

The key presentation will be given by Alumnus Robert Garmon (’05), a Deputy U.S. Marshal in Houston.

Garmon has been part of a task force that hunts down and arrests some of the most dangerous fugitives in the Houston area.

As a member of the Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force, a multi-agency law enforcement, Garmon apprehends fugitives from state felony cases, such as capital murder, aggravated assault and sexual assault, as well offenders with federal warrants. The Task Force includes the U.S. Marshals Service, the Houston Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Attorney General’s Office, Harris County Constable “Precinct 4,” and Sheriff Offices in Harris Galveston, Montgomery and Fort Bend counties. The group operates in Harris, Galveston, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties and was recently featured on the TNT Series “Marshal Law: Texas.”

Deputy U.S. Marshall Robert Marshal hunting down a fugitive.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Robert Garmon was recently featured on Marshal Law: Texas on TNT. Photo by David Holloway
“The reason the task force is so successful in what we do is because we work with the strengths of all agencies to get the job done,” said Garmon. “It’s pretty exciting to see what we do on TV. It’s a learning tool for others, and I think it was good. You get a glimpse of what we do on a daily basis.”

As a Deputy U.S. Marshal, Garmon also is involved in civil processing of seized assets and transporting federal prisoners across the country and world. The U.S. Marshals Service is also responsible for protecting the federal judiciary and operating the federal Witness Protection Program.

Garmon joined the U.S. Marshals Service in 2009 after serving as a probation officer in Montgomery County for three years. He began his Marshals’ career in McAllen, Texas, where he handled a variety of duties, including fugitive warrants and civil process.

Garmon, who graduated from Sam Houston with a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Biology, credits the College with teaching him many of the skills he needs for his job. As a Bearkat football player, he learned professionalism and time management. He also met “genuinely good people,” including fellow students and faculty.

Garmon frequently comes back to the College to help the next generation of criminal justice professionals. Garmon warns students that decision they make in high school and college can impact their careers later, citing the extensive background check done by his agency. It took him two years to get through the process.

“Hard work pays off,” Garmon said.

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