Cody Gill Places Third in National Competition for Kaskaskia College

In June, Cody Gill of Oakdale, representing the Kaskaskia College Criminal Justice program, finished with the Bronze Medal for third place overall in Criminal Justice at the National SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to the national competition, Cody won the SkillsUSA competition for the State of Illinois.


Cody was in competition with other competitors from across the nation.  His third place national finish makes him the second highest-placing Criminal Justice student in Kaskaskia College Criminal Justice history.  In 2011, Tyler Rose secured the National level Silver Medal for Kaskaskia College Criminal Justice Program.


“It was intimidating at first, competing against all those other people,” Cody said, “but I was confident that I knew how to do the required skills.  It was fun.”


The competition was stiff, and Cody was shocked when his name was called.  “I just sat there until Mr. Ingersoll grabbed me,” he said.  “Up on stage and looking out over thousands of people, was definitely one of the biggest moments of my life so far.  Who knew that my time at KC would get me so far?” 


Cody can expect to have more big moments in his life.  After graduating from KC this May with an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice, he recently joined the Air Force and will report on August 19 for Basic Training in Texas.  “I will be a military police officer, and hopefully earn a Bachelors’ degree in the service.  I would love to eventually get a job with the FBI or ATF, or one of the big agencies.”


Cody chose Kaskaskia College specifically for small class sizes and one-on-one instruction.  “Mr. Ingersoll is a great instructor,” Cody said.  “With his many years as a police officer, he is able to teach about real life situations as well as what is in the books.”


For more information on the Kaskaskia College Administration of Justice program, please contact the program coordinator, Professor Ken Ingersoll at 618-545-3336 or by email at​

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