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Criminal Justice Career Pros to Meet, Greet Students at April 11 Networking Event


All students in the region who are interested in pursuing careers in policing, corrections, security or the courts can learn more from working professionals without going to a career fair.

MTSU and Nashville State Community College will host the 2014 Middle Tennessee Criminal Justice Networking and Information Exchange from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 11, on Nashville State’s southeast campus, located at 5248 Hickory Hollow Parkway in south Nashville.

No resumes will be exchanged, and no interviews will be scheduled. Dr. Carter F. Smith, a professor in MTSU’s Department of Criminal Justice Administration, called it “a non-job fair.”

Smith, who is helping organize the event, said, “We want the students to bring handshakes instead of resumes and spend some time getting to know the professionals attending. I hope to get the attending students to be as comfortable talking with each of the guest professionals as they are with their professors.”

Agencies scheduled to send representatives to the event include the police departments of the Tennessee towns of Brentwood, Clarksville, Mt. Juliet, Smyrna and Springfield; the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; the Tennessee Highway Patrol; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the law firm of Bone McAllester Norton.

“A bonus for the professionals is that this event should be quite the networking opportunity for them, as well,” Smith said.

Business casual attire is advised. There will be a check-in procedure for students in classes awarding attendance benefits.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Smith at carterfsmith@gmail.com or carter.smith@mtsu.edu; Mitzie Forrest-Thompson at coming_home2004@yahoo.com; or Christene Lambert at christenelambert@gmail.com.