Emily Beauchamp wanted more than a degree. She wanted to be career-ready


BRCC News | Published January 29, 2020

Portrait of Emily Beauchamp

“Emily Beauchamp always stood out to me. Not only as a female in the academy but as a hard-working leader who was at the top of her class and clearly demonstrated her commitment to our profession,” said Sherry Phillips, law enforcement director at Blue Ridge Community College.

Emily graduated from Brevard College and completed Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Plus from Blue Ridge in May 2018. A month later, she started her career as an officer with the Fletcher Police Department. What was Emily’s path to successfully transition from college to career?

Originally from South Florida, Emily’s family often vacationed in the Brevard area throughout her childhood. Already familiar with Brevard College, and knowing how much she loves the mountains, her dad encouraged Emily to apply to the College’s Criminal Justice program.

In a mere three years, Emily completed her bachelor’s degree at Brevard College by taking as many courses as possible to graduate early. During her last semester at Brevard, she took BLET Plus as a continuing education course at Blue Ridge to start her career immediately after earning her degree.

Emily appreciated her time at Blue Ridge because of the friendly, supportive instructors who went above-and-beyond for cadets. “Four of my BLET Plus instructors were from the Fletcher Police Department, and I was so impressed by them and their real-life training that I wanted to join their department,” she explained.

While taking BLET Plus, Emily applied to and received an offer from the Fletcher Police Department (contingent on passing the State Certification). Before becoming an officer, Emily was honored during Blue Ridge’s graduation ceremony with the BLET Top Academic Award for earning the highest test average in her class.