Twenty teenagers with an interest in criminal justice are experiencing, first hand, what it's like to work in the field with West Virginia University at Parkersburg's Youth Criminal Justice Academy.
West Virginia University at Parkersburg is hosting the academy where 14 to 17 year olds are given a look at some of the training and education it takes to have career in criminal justice.
Cadets in the academy say the program allows them build leadership and team work skills.
Organizers say the program helps teenagers with an interest in the criminal justice field gain a better understand of what will be asked of them and what it takes make a career of it.
"We have events planned for them from 6:30 in the morning to 11 at night. And it's not open just to anybody," says Louis Roy, coordinator of Criminal Justice at WVU-P. "We have requirements where they have to have at least a 'C' average, you have to have a letter of recommendation from a law enforcement officer, and they have to write an essay on why they want to come. It's a process that they go through"
The academy runs through Friday evening when four of the top cadets will receive $250 scholarships to WVU-P.