Graduate Student Experiences: Fred Varney


"I am fully confident that my educational background played a significant factor in my promotion [with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.] I can't even begin to tell you how much I have grown since the beginning of this program."

"I received a promotion from GS-7 to GS-8 and will serve as a Training Instructor/Senior Officer Specialist with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. I am being relocated to Berlin, New Hampshire in order to activate the new federal correctional institution there.

"These positions were highly competitive because they involved full reimbursement of travel and expenses. In other words, Uncle Sam is picking up the tab. Also keep in mind these positions were announced on an entire BOP-wide scale, which meant I was competing with a very large applicant pool.

"I am fully confident that my educational background played a significant factor in my promotion, specifically the EKU Online Adult, Juvenile and Community Corrections Leadership graduate program. Thus far, I have maintained a 4.0 GPA through 15 hours of coursework.

"The institution's CEO/Warden is a former BOP psychologist who clearly values the importance of higher education. I can't even begin to tell you how much I have grown since the beginning of this program. Dr. Kraska, Dr. Minor, Dr. Potter, and Amy Eades have all been phenomenal in terms of feedback and support throughout this entire experience. In the last year, I have grown significantly as a person and as a student. In fact, I don't think I would have been at this point without the encouragement of folks like Pete, his wife Shannon, and many others within the College of Justice and Safety.

"Any correctional professional that is truly seeking to enhance their intellect would be greatly benefited by the proceeds of this wonderful program."

– Fred Varney, Corrections & Juvenile Justice graduate student

Update: Three weeks after arriving at FCI Berlin, Varney was promoted to recreational specialist (GS-9). He was able to move from GS-7 to GS-9 in approximately 3 months.

Learn more about EKU Online: Graduate Options in Adult, Juvenile and Community Corrections Leadership

Published on February 07, 2013