Keiser University’s e-campus helped the Atlantic High School Law and Government Academy (ALAG) in Volusia County celebrate National Law Week. ALAG is recognized as a Gold Seal academy and has been recognized by the Ford Foundation for the outstanding work being accomplished in their career academy. This year’s law week events brought together both current Keiser students and Keiser graduates working to share their professional experiences with the high school students. Sgt. Bernard Daven of the Daytona Beach Police Department spoke to the students about personal safety and later in the week Steve Beres, the Senior Manager of Security for the Daytona International Speedway and retired Deputy Chief from the Daytona Beach Police Department talked to the students about careers in law enforcement and private security. The sophomore class went on their annual Public Service Tour starting the day at the Daytona Beach Fire Department, with Chief Dru Driscoll and Battalion Chief Michael Harvey where the students were able to see a vehicle extraction and learn more about how the fire department operates, handling almost 20,000 service calls a year. From there, the students got a private tour of the Daytona International Speedway where Dr. Renzi provided a wonderful picnic lunch for the students, who were able to enjoy their meal while getting to watch the Richard Petty Experience live. The day wrapped up at the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, where students got to learn more about how the Bomb Squad operates and were able to witness and participate in demonstrations from the Bomb Squad and two of the VCSO K-9 Units; thanks to Lt. Lou Marino and the members of his team. The week wrapped up with presentations from Atlantic High School’s new Assistant Principle of Curriculum and former FBI agent, John Cunningham; Captain Lance Blanchette from the Daytona Beach Police Department, County Court Judge Dawn Fields from the Seventh Circuit Judicial Court and Senior Circuit Court Judge R. Michael Hutcheson, the longest serving Volusia County judge. Judge Hutcheson served Volusia County from 1977-2015; during which time, he appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show in regards to a case involving identity theft but his most famous defendant was Ms. Aileen Wuornos; the female serial killer portrayed by Charize Theron in the 2003 movie “Monster”.
As an encore, we were able to use our Blackboard platform in the high school classroom to allow Keiser Criminal Justice Professor Gregg Buchholz, a Homeland Security Agent in Dallas, Texas; to present a lecture about Human Trafficking, a growing concern amongst our youth in today’s society. Law Week was a rewarding experience for both Atlantic High School and Keiser University.