Posted on February 26, 2016

BTI Success Story: Moses Castillo

Pennsylvania State Trooper Moses Castillo landed his dream job, but it was almost derailed from the start. 

Castillo was contemplating dropping out of Berks Technical Institute (BTI) during his first semester. Thankfully, advisors at BTI took the time to sit down with him and lay out his career options. After further consideration, Castillo decided to continue with the Criminal Justice program and work towards his dream. 

“I enrolled in BTI right out of high school. Before starting classes, all I wanted to do was join the military, which is why I thought about leaving the program,” said Castillo.

BTI advisors sat down with Castillo and showed him two distinct possibilities for his future. They discussed the career paths he could take with only a high school diploma and the career paths he could take being a Criminal Justice program graduate. As a BTI graduate, Castillo would have a better chance of landing a higher paying job and would also have the opportunity to transfer to a University to obtain a bachelors degree. 

“My advisors made me realize that staying at BTI was probably the best choice for my future,” Castillo said. “At the time, I was working in a Pizzeria, but I knew I wanted to get a job in my field and I wanted to do something more with my life.” 

After making the decision to stay enrolled at BTI and start putting more effort into his schoolwork, his efforts paid off. Moses was elected Constable and worked in this position for four years. The job was a stepping-stone for more opportunities within the criminal justice field. 

While Constable, he was elected to the Pennsylvania State Police. The investigation and clearance process took about two years, but now Moses works as a Pennsylvania State Trooper at the Troop J Embreeville Station. 

“I took my advisors advice,” Castillo said. “It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”