West Virginia State University to Host 20th Annual Criminal Justice Educator’s Conference

Contact: Kimberly Osborne
(304) 766-3363
Oct. 26, 2016
West Virginia State University to Host 20th Annual Criminal Justice Educator’s Conference
Two-day Event Will Kick off With a Career Fair Thursday, Nov. 3

INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- The 20th annual conference of the West Virginia Criminal Justice Educator’s Association (WVCJEA) will take place Nov. 3-4 at West Virginia State University (WVSU).

With a theme of “Realities of Crime and Criminal Justice,” the two-day event is for all colleges and universities in West Virginia that offer criminal justice as a major.

The conference will kick off on Thursday, Nov. 3, with a Criminal Justice Career Fair that will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Wilson University Union. The Career Fair is free and open to the public. All majors are welcome.

At the fair, employers will be available to discuss career opportunities within the law enforcement and criminal justice field, while students will be able to explore their career options.

For more information about the Career Fair, contact the WVSU Office of Career Services and Co-operative Education at (304) 766-3250.

Following the Career Fair, there will be a crime scene competition among criminal justice students from various colleges and universities beginning at 12:30 p.m. followed by a quiz bowl competition beginning at 6 p.m., both in the University Union.

On Friday, Nov. 4, the conference will feature a variety of presenters discussing various topics that relate to the conference’s theme from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Union. Anticipated topics include law enforcement, courts, corrections, substance abuse and technology in criminal justice.

Thom Kirk, general legal counsel for the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, will deliver the conference’s keynote address on Friday beginning at 9 a.m. With more than 24 years of law enforcement experience, Kirk is also the director of the West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center.

On-site registration for Friday’s events will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. in the University Union and is $25 for faculty, $15 for students or $10 for guests. Lunch is included in the registration.

The WVCJEA began in 1992 to help promote the exchange of educational ideas and coursework among the institutions of higher learning and criminal justice training entities in West Virginia. For more information, visit the organization’s website at http://wvcjea.weebly.com.

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