MCC Offers Crime Scene Investigation Program for High School students

(Bradenton, Fla., April 14, 2006). - Manatee Community College (MCC) will offer a Governor's Summer Program, Digging Up the Truth II: Multidisciplinary Explorations into Crime Scene Investigation Theory and Practice, for 24 gifted and high-achieving students in grades 10 through 12. An information session about the program will be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 26, at MCC Lakewood Ranch.

The summer enrichment program, offered at MCC for the first time last summer to students from Manatee and Sarasota counties, is funded by the Florida Department of Education. Participating students in the June 26 through July 13 program will work with forensics and computer scientists, law enforcement, a state prosecutor and MCC faculty to learn how to gather evidence and determine if a prosecutable crime has occurred. A tour of a DNA laboratory and presentations to a prosecuting attorney are planned. Hands-on activities include bullet and trajectory analysis, computer hard-drive analysis, DNA fingerprinting, evidence collection, fiber and ink analysis, fingerprinting and statistical analysis.

The program presents unique challenges for gifted and high-achieving students and promotes their academic and personal growth. Advanced levels of knowledge in mathematics, chemistry and biology are required.

For more information, call (941) 363-7000.

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