Paradise Valley

Alumnus Dedicated to Helping Others

Sandor Rogoff

Alumnus, Sandor Rogoff has gone full-circle from PVCC student to professor. He says being a student at PVCC was one of the best experiences of his life. He now makes a difference in students’ lives by teaching Introduction to Criminology, Victimology and Corrections at the PVCC Black Mountain site.

Sandor’s PVCC story began in the mid 90s upon completing his military service.  He followed the advice of colleagues and enrolled in PVCC.  After completing his first semester, he approached the Veterans Services Office on campus.  This visit resulted in a Work Study position at the Veteran’s Administration, which later became an internship where he had the responsibility of counseling veterans. This experience, along with being involved in PVCC’s Social Work Club and working in the Adult Probation Department, confirmed his desire to enter a profession helping people.  Sandor completed his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at ASU West and later graduated from the Phoenix Police Academy. He is now a 21-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department. His experience as a U.S. Navy Veteran and working directly with Vietnam Veterans at the VA has given him the unique ability to help veterans he encounters on his police calls.

He also pursues other passions like his love of music. He works as an off-duty officer at the Musical Instrument Museum where he has met famous music legends. In addition, he is enrolled in a Music Theory class at PVCC.

When asked what he liked most about his student experience at PVCC, he notes the instructors were personable and approachable. Sandor attributes his participation in Professor Gangadean’s philosophy class as instrumental in shaping his ability to think critically and ask questions.

In Sandor’s words, "PVCC is the epitome of a great community college education" and provided the runway for his successful career in law enforcement.

The PVCC Veterans Services Office is available to help students identify educational benefits and resources. Explore your options today!