The Haywood Community College Criminal Justice Program recently earned 13 awards from the 2016 Region 5 American Criminal Justice Association/Lambda Alpha Epsilon (ACJA/LAE) Conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Four students along with 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, student Jennifer Keener finished first place in Police Management, first place in Corrections, third place in Juvenile Justice, and third place in LAE Knowledge; student David Edwards finished second place in Criminal Law; student Charity Hensley finished second place in Corrections; and students Charity Hensley, Isabelle Jowers, and Jennifer Keener finished first place in Crime Scene. In the Professional Division, Advisor Chris Wyatt finished first place in Juvenile Justice, second place in Corrections, second place in LAE Knowledge, third place in Police Management, and third place in Criminal Law. In addition, Wyatt took the top academic award for the entire conference.   

“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 were paid in part by a mini-grant from the HCC Foundation. For more information about HCC’s Criminal Justice program, please call 828-565-4032.

Photo by Diana Conard. Haywood Community College’s Criminal Justice Program recently brought home 13 awards from the 2016 Region 5 American Criminal Justice Association/Lambda Alpha Epsilon (ACJA/LAE) Conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Pictured left to right are the award winners: student David Edwards, student Jennifer Keener, student Isabelle Jowers, HCC Criminal Justice instructor Chris Wyatt, and student Charity Hensley.