The Haywood Community College Criminal Justice Program recently brought home 16 awards from the 2015 Region 5 American Criminal Justice Association/Lambda Alpha Epsilon (ACJA/LAE) Conference in Huntsville, Alabama. Three students along with one HCC Criminal Justice alumni and Advisor Chris Wyatt competed as part of Lambda Eta Chi, HCC’s chapter of the ACJA/LAE.

The conference hosts a four day competition where HCC competed in five academic contests of Criminal Law, Police Supervision, Corrections, Juvenile Justice, and LAE Knowledge. In addition, they competed in Crime Scene Investigation.

In the Lower Division, HCC Criminal Justice student Jennifer Keener finished first place in Criminal Law, second place in Juvenile Justice, and third place in Corrections; HCC Criminal Justice student Mary Suttles finished second place in Corrections and third place in Juvenile Justice; HCC Criminal Justice student Kaitlin Sass finished first place in Police Supervision. In the Upper Division, HCC Alum Brian Forest finished first place in LAE Knowledge, second place in Criminal Law, second place in Corrections, third place in Juvenile Justice, and third place in Police Supervision and Advisor Chris Wyatt finished first place in Corrections, second place in Crime Scene, second place in Juvenile Justice, second place in LAE Knowledge, and third place in Police Supervision.  

“Participating in this conference and competition helps students put the knowledge they have gained from class to use while networking with other criminal justice students and professionals in the field,” Wyatt explains.

Expenses for this trip was paid by a mini-grant from the HCC Foundation. For more information about HCC’s Criminal Justice program, please call 828-565-4032.