Averett creates new advisory board to better prepare criminal justice students for jobs

Criminal justice professors will meet with local law enforcement one a semester

DANVILLE, Va. – Averett University is starting a new partnership to help prepare criminal justice students to get jobs in the criminal justice field after they graduate.

The university held its first Criminal Justice Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday.

Members of law enforcement agencies in Southside and northern North Carolina met at the university's Bridgr Street campus to share what they think students need to be learning.

Averett Criminal Justice Program director Dr. James Hodgson has been working for several months to get the meetings started.

He hopes to hold them once a semester in Danville and at Averett's Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) campuses in Richmond and Roanoke.

"We've sent them copies of our curriculum in the sense that we're hoping to get significant feedback to determine, make sure, Averett is going in the right direction with our curriculum changes," Hodgson said.

At Tuesday's meeting, the university also announced the creation of a new scholarship to encourage first responders to get a criminal justice degree from Averett.