ASCACA gives opportunities to criminal justice students


The Appalachian Online

Mary Wood

The student chapter of the American Correctional Association at Appalachian State University provides students with opportunities to learn about topics that impact the field of criminal justice.

“The purpose of the American Correctional Association is to provide a professional organization for all individuals and groups that share a common goal of improving the justice system,” said freshman Erin Smith, who is secretary of the club.

The Appalachian chapter of ASCACA was founded in 2003 and organizes prison tours, internships, community projects and shooting events for members.

“We encourage all members to participate fully in all facets of the organization including serving as leaders for the club and providing a forum of activities throughout the year,” Zaitzow said.

The ASCACA promotes educational and professional sources and guest speakers that give members and other students a different outlook on the criminal justice system as a whole.

“My favorite part of the club is split between the jail tours and the Watauga gun club shooting event, because what’s cooler than target practice and seeing prisoners up close?” Smith said. “With guards of course.”

Zaitzow said that membership in ASCACA includes membership in the American Correctional Association and the NC Correctional Association, which provide educational and professional opportunities for criminal justice professionals and students interested in those professions.

But Smith said that the club isn’t strictly for one type of student.

“Anyone can join this club, no matter what one’s major is, and all you have to do is pay the fee and turn in a form to our treasurer,” Smith said.

Story by Mary Wood, Intern News Reporter