Dakota Doyle is on a mission. The Northern Oklahoma College student is completing an internship with the Hominy Police Department this summer. Doyle, a 2016 Hominy High School graduate, is gaining valuable work experience and developing a professional network for his future career in law enforcement.
Doyle is earning college credit while interning with the Hominy Police Department. Doyle said the internship is a “great experience.”
Doyle observed that every officer and area agency works differently than others. He has enjoyed his the time spent with Hominy Police Chief Michael Martin. Doyle describes the Chief as outgoing and loves being part of the community.
Chief Martin praised Doyle’s “ability to make quick decisions, his dedication to law enforcement, and his good communication skills with the public.”
Criminal Justice faculty member, Troy Cochran, appreciates the area law enforcement community for supporting the criminal justice program and students.
“Internships allow our Criminal Justice majors to bridge the gap between the classroom and the real world. We are very fortunate to have a great group of area police departments, sheriff’s departments, and highway patrol officers who assist our students in making the connection between academics and daily job expectations,” said Cochran.
Dr. Rae Ann Kruse, Dean of Academic Services, calls Dakota a “sprinter.” Sprinters are students who know exactly what career they want and take steps in high school to get there. Doyle took advantage of Hominy’s articulation agreement with Tulsa Community College and arrived at NOC with a transcript full of general education credits. By transferring the college credits he earned in high school, Doyle created an opportunity to research his future career and make sure it is a good fit.
By picking a major early and sticking with it, Doyle has allowed himself time to pursue experiences outside of the classroom. “Dakota has shortened his four-year college experience to three years, included an internship, and saved a lot in tuition dollars,” said Kruse. NOC students interested in obtaining an internship for the fall should contact Kruse at 580.628.6341.
Doyle plans to transfer to Rogers State University in the fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Mission accomplished.