If success is where preparation meets opportunity, then Caswell County Sheriff Sergeant of Patrol Joshua David Kylander is well on his way up the ranks.

Kylander, who has been the Caswell County Sheriff’s Office for nine years, was recently awarded his Advancement Law Enforcement Certificate by the North Carolina Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission in September. 

As of Dec. 14, Kylander will be able to add one more notch to his belt. 

Kylander, along with his wife Sarah, 20-year old eldest son William, six-year-old son David and youngest son — four-year-old Daniel — will make the trip down to Western Carolina University where he’ll receive his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in emergency and disaster management. 

“I think I’ll feel like a major accomplishment will be under my belt,” said Kylander.

He’s telling the truth. His latest achievement represents the second bachelor’s degree Kylander has earned after graduating from Western Carolina a few years back with a bachelor’s in emergency medical care. Not stopping, Kylander plans on starting the master’s program at the University of North Carolina — Pembroke, where he’ll focus on emergency medical care. 

It’s easy to see why Kylander will quickly move up the ranks. 

“These education credentials have given me the opportunity to expand my knowledge in other areas of public safety other than law enforcement,” Kylander said. “Of course, my primary concentration was law enforcement but I feel like it will better enable me to work alongside other public safety functions such as emergency medical services, fire service, emergency management and the 911 communications branch while performing the function of a supervisor at the sheriff’s office.” 

Despite working full-time, Kylander graduated Cum Laude, finishing with a grade point average of 3.5-3.69. 

“Trying to strike a good balance between work, home life with the family and working on the school work has always been challenging but I didn’t go into college immediately after high school because I wanted to work,” Kylander said.

“At that point in my life, I was tired of school for a while but I basically got to the point in my life where I basically realized it would never be any easier to wait any longer to do this so now was the best time to go ahead and go after it and get it accomplished.”