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High Schoolers Gain Insights into Criminal Justice Careers

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Juniors in high school plotting their career paths got expert advice from Jacob Andrews, chair of the Criminal Justice program in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, at the Appoquinimink School District Workforce Readiness Program.

Andrews serves on the advisory board for Wilmington University’s partnership with the Appoquinimink district for the Criminal Justice and Legal Issues Pathway, which allows students to get a head start in their law enforcement careers with relevant courses and hands-on experience. Students who successfully complete a three-course pathway will earn up to nine academic credits, as well as guaranteed admission to WilmU.

More than 800 juniors from Middletown, Odessa, and Appoquinimink high schools were in attendance at the Chase Fieldhouse and the neighboring Junior Achievement of Delaware facilities located in Wilmington. Andrews was invited to attend as an industry partner to talk with students in various breakout sessions about such topics as resume writing, the job interview process, networking, and workforce tips. Gov. John Carney also attended.

“This was an excellent experience and valuable opportunity for students to interact with professionals from a variety of backgrounds,” Andrews notes, adding that four colleagues from the College of Business also provided insights for students. They are: Dr. Allison Jengehino, Dr. Amy Patrick, Dr. Scott Walton, and Dr. Janice Wardle.

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