Messages of inspiration, overcoming challenges, and the value of hard work were shared with Kern High School District students at Careers in the Courts Day.
Students representing several area high schools from Project BEST (Black Excellence in Scholarship & Teaching) and the Black Student Union (BSU) experienced a unique opportunity to see how our justice system works.
The annual event exposes students to local law enforcement and legal community partners, while learning about the fields of criminal law, corrections, enforcement, probation, parole, and paralegal.
Kern County District Attorney Lisa Green opened the event by encouraging the young people and emphasizing the importance of perseverance and work ethic.
The room was silent as students listened to several stories from local police and probation officers, investigators, and others about overcoming a variety of issues to get on a path leading them to the careers they have today, in the communities they serve and protect.
The special day was packed with valuable experiences for the students including learning about courtroom etiquette and observing actual court cases in progress. A law enforcement panel, mock trial scenario, and legal panel discussion were also scheduled, where representatives from various agencies encouraged students to follow their dreams.
“The goal of the day is to inspire the students to consider one of these career paths by sharing details of these fascinating fields.” – Chris Dutton, Project BEST Program Administrator
Careers in the Courts Day was held Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Eighty five students from several high schools attend the event sponsored by the Kern High School District, Kern County District Attorney’s Office, Kern County Prosecutors Association, and Kern County Superior Court.