CCJ Grads Enjoy Success

Former CCJ student Jesse Graffagnino is one of the Michigan State Police recent graduates and newly assigned troopers.  He is part of the class of 58 graduates from Trooper Recruit Schools in January 2017. 

Jesse graduated from Riverview Community High School in 2013 and went on to study criminal justice at UM-Dearborn.  He spent a year at the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, which prompted his decision to work in law enforcement. Jesse will be returning to campus to finish his degree.

“I was active in clubs and sports when I was younger, growing up in Riverview, and police officers were my coaches,” Graffagnino said.  “So police had a very strong influence on me from a very young age, and I knew I wanted to give back to the community as it had given me.”


Sherita Jackson graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. 

She was a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and she backed up the tenants of that organization by enrolling in the Criminal Justice Internship.  She was granted an internship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2013. 

After completing the internship and graduating in 2014, she was offered a career with the agency. Sherita is now an Operational Support Technician in the FBI Detroit Division.  She has a personal message to share with other students:

To work for the FBI was a childhood dream, of mine, to attend and graduate from the University of Michigan became a later dream, to actually have done it – is reality.  I continue to be a leader and encourage young people to write their own stories.  People tell me that wherever I go, I am always prepared.  Well, my reply is, “If you stay ready, you never have to get ready.”  Prepare yourselves and always stay ready!

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