Four Titans Explore Criminal Justice System for 2016 Senior Experience

Just before they graduate from high school, eligible seniors at T.C. Williams can participate in Senior Experience, a three-week program that allows students to spend time in the workplace. Four T.C. Williams students explored Alexandria’s criminal justice system for their Senior Experience.

Page updated on Jun 9, 2016 at 9:44 AM

2016 Senior ExperienceCaileigh Pattisall, Rosie Cool, Gustavo Castellon and Katie Medina (l-r in photo) spent their three weeks seeing the operations of the Sheriff’s Office and Police Department. All four had studied criminal justice in Kris Gulden’s class at T.C. and used their Senior Experience to see how what they learned in class is applied in the real world.

From May 24 through June 10, the students spent their school day working with criminal justice professionals at Police Headquarters, the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center, the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy and the Alexandria Courthouse. During their time at the Sheriff’s Office, the students toured the jail, saw demonstrations by the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team and Project Lifesaver technicians, rode along with deputies serving civil process, visited the Emergency Vehicle Operations Center, toured the courthouse and courtrooms, and met with staff who manage inmate programs and administrative functions.

On their final day, Ms. Gulden joined command staff and the students for their Senior Experience graduation ceremony at Police headquarters where each student received a certificate of achievement.

Below: Rosie Cool gets behind the wheel in a driving simulator at the Emergency Vehicle Operations Center.
Rosie Cool at EVOC