NITA Student Spotlight: Ardis W.
More than 200 students have graduated from the National Investigative Training Academy since the school opened its “doors” in 2013.
The courses, taught entirely online, are an appealing alternative to traditional investigative training. Ardis W., a recent NITA graduate, agrees.
We had the opportunity to chat with Ardis in this month’s “Student Spotlight”.
How did you first learn about NITA’s program?
Ardis: I found out about the program through independent research. Everyone seemed to have good things to say about NITA. I was further encouraged to check out the program upon the recommendation of my sponsor. He thought it would be a good fit for me.
What made NITA a good fit for you?
Ardis: The convenience factor, primarily. My husband owns and manages his own business, working 75 hours a week. At the same time, I work two jobs. On top of that, we are raising teenagers, so our schedules are all over the place. An online school like NITA was the only option I had – and I’m so thankful it worked out.
What did you like most about NITA’s program?
Ardis: The flexibility of the program. Because the courses are online, I had the flexibility to work at my own pace. I found the online learning platform to be exceptionally user friendly. I loved that I was able to complete the program in the comfort of my own home.
Was the time commitment about equal to what you had anticipated?
Ardis: Overall, I found the program to be less time consuming than I had initially anticipated. That’s not to say it didn’t require effort, as it certainly did. However, I never found myself feeling overwhelmed by the course material or the topics covered.
Would you recommend NITA’s courses to others?
Ardis: Absolutely. The course was both informative and interesting. I especially appreciated the fact that it didn’t take a rocket scientist to understand the material. While I have a background in criminal justice, even those with less familiarity within the field of investigations would be able to find value in the course.
You mentioned you have a background in criminal justice. What ultimately motivated you to pursue licensure?
Ardis: While I graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Criminal Justice, my two jobs now are not related to my undergraduate degree. I am currently working in the fields of interior design and credit card processing – two entirely different verticals. Going back to school to become a private investigator was something I’ve always wanted to do. Now I can affirmatively say, “it’s doable.”