West Virginia University at Parkersburg students in the Criminal Justice program recently traveled to Moundsville, West Virginia to participate in the annual Mock Prison Riot at the decommissioned West Virginia State Penitentiary. The event was hosted by the West Virginia Division of Corrections and the West Virginia Corrections Training Foundation.
The Mock Prison Riot offers a unique hands-on training opportunity for criminal justice and public safety professionals from around the world. “Our CJ program provides a variety of real-world, out-of-classroom learning experiences for our students,” said Andrew Walker, WVU Parkersburg Criminal Justice Program Coordinator. “The Mock Riot allows students to personally observe what they learn in class about police tactics and correctional administration.”
The WVU Parkersburg students who attended the Mock Riot took part in educational workshops, observed and participated in various police and correctional tactics drills and toured the decommissioned prison facility. “It was an awesome trip,” said Collin Hill, WVU Parkersburg student. “Not only did we get to see action packed scenarios, but we got to learn the history of the Moundsville prison.”
WVU Parkersburg offers a Certificate, Associate in Applied Science and Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice. These degrees prepare students for a variety of careers in the criminal justice field. For more information about these degree programs, contact Andrew Walker, CJ Program Coordinator, at ude.puvwnull@1reklaww.
Pictured, left to right: Collin Hill, Carl Stanley, Miranda Hall, Andrew Walker (CJ Program Coordinator), Salathiel Ray, Jennifer Blosser, Megan Westbrook, Melissa Hoosier