Why get involved in CJA? The field of criminal justice is growing rapidly and it is extremely competitive to get into the field without a good education. More and more agencies are hiring candidates who have gone beyond a high school education, even though that may be the minimum educational requirement. It is important for each individual to get involved in more than their academics if they want to show potential employers that they stand above the crowd. A great way to do this is to get involved in extra-curricular activities. Becoming a member of the Criminal Justice Association and being active in the group, shows you have a sincere interest in the field of criminal justice.
What do we do in the CJA Club? The CJA participates in a number different projects throughout the year. Often we are called upon to act as security officers for NMU sponsored special events or concerts. We work with community leaders with special projects such as Kaleidoscope. This group helps photograph and fingerprint children, to help identify missing children. We work with community agencies concerned about the environment or assist with the UP 200 Dog Sled competition. We bring in guest speakers to talk about careers in the criminal justice field, such as K-9 groups who provide demonstrations working with dogs. Alternatively, other speakers will provide real-life experiences, like working as a police officer, as a secret service agent, as a loss prevention officer and many other careers. Students also enjoy fun time activities such as practicing their shooting skills with the shooting simulator. We take tours of the Marquette Maximum Security Prison. Or, we just enjoy a good round of paint ball shooting or other special outings..
How do I get involved? Every person brings new ideas opportunities to the organization. The more people the better the club becomes. We have a variety of traditional and non-traditional students who are currently working in the field to share their expertise. Learning from others about real-life experiences is what it is all about.
For more information, keep checking your e-mails as we send out information about upcoming meetings. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the CJA president.