Cranford, NJ – Union College of Union County, NJ class of 2014 and 2019 alumna, Marylyn Beltran, of Roselle, graduated from the New Jersey State Police Academy on August 31, 2023. Upon her graduation from the academy, she will serve as a New Jersey State Trooper.
Ms. Beltran, who is also a mother of two children, is an alumna of Union with associate degrees in criminal justice and biology. She transferred to Rutgers and completed her baccalaureate degree. Ms. Beltran is interested in pursuing forensics. Prior to attending the New Jersey State Police Academy, she served as a dispatcher for the Cranford Police Department. Ryan Greco (Union ’97), Chief of Cranford Police Department and a member of the College’s Board of Governors, stated that, “Marylyn is not only a pillar of her community but also an inspiration to all women entering the field of law enforcement.”
In attendance for her graduation from the Academy were one of Ms. Beltran’s prior instructors at the College, Union’s Assistant Professor – Criminal Justice John Arezzi, as well as Executive Director of Public Safety Joseph Hines, and Associate Director of Public Safety Nick Basso. Prior to joining Union, Mr. Hines served as a chief with the New Jersey State Police.
“We are incredibly proud of Marylyn and all of the recent Academy graduates. This is a great accomplishment. We wish Marylyn a long and safe career with the New Jersey State Police. It is a testament to our graduates and the careers in public service that many pursue: from being teachers to police officers. Union graduates like Marylyn are making a direct and positive impact on our community,” stated Union’s President Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin.
Union College of Union County, New Jersey is a public, comprehensive community college that provides quality, affordable, accessible educational programs to the greater Union County region. It is the first of New Jersey’s 18 two-year colleges, serving both career-minded and transfer-oriented students since 1933. The College offers a wide variety of academic and extracurricular activities. Union provides many experiential learning opportunities such as access to a Bloomberg Business Center, Innovation Center, and Student Research hub. Additionally, students at Union attend one of the top 25 community colleges in the country for 2023 as designated by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. To learn more, visit www.ucc.edu.