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Henry County Youth Leadership Visits Wallace Community College


Dothan, Ala.The Henry County Youth Leadership class visited Wallace Community College Dothan Wednesday to see what the Criminal Justice program had to offer.
The students heard from faculty about dual enrollment and programs offered at the College, then they checked out the criminal justice simulator.
“It opens the eyes of the students and shows them the possibilities that are here within 30 minutes of home,” said David Money, Henry County Probate Judge and Commission chair as well as a founding board member of the program.
“I think it’s a great exposure for them as well as for Wallace and I’m partial to Wallace … so I want to make sure they understand what’s to offer here.”
Money is a Wallace alum, and said he enjoys being able to bring the students to his alma mater.
“I’m a former student at Wallace, many years ago, and one of the things we always try to do is come here twice a year,” he said. “On what we call law and government day. ... the highlight is always the criminal justice simulator.”
The students started out the day by learning about the court systems, touring a jail and speaking with law enforcement.
“It’s very exciting and I’m so happy that we get to experience all these things,” said Shniyah Howard, an Abbeville High School junior. “It’s fun and you learn a lot of new things and it opens your mind more. I say it’s a great opportunity.”
Twelve students from Abbeville High School, Headland High School, and Abbeville Christian Academy are participating in this year’s class. The group has an outing each month where they tour facilities and learn about different aspects of Henry County and the surrounding counties.
“I think by doing it in their junior year, they have all year to really understand what’s our here and by the time they get to their senior year and are applying to different colleges, that resume is much more advanced than it would be normally,” Money said. “Many have already thought about scholarships, what school they’re going to attend and their career path.”
Henry County Youth Leadership is in its fifth year. The group makes two stops at WCC every year, once for Criminal Justice and once to tour the Heersink Family Health Science Building on campus. 

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