MCC Wins Grant for CSI Program

(Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 26, 2007). - For the third year in a row, Manatee Community College (MCC) has received a Governor's Summer Program grant for a free crime scene investigation program for gifted and/or high-achieving high school students.

Competition is stiff for the Florida Department of Education grants. MCC will use the $24,706 grant to implement a three-week summer program that will be free for 24 qualifying students from Manatee and Sarasota counties' high schools. An instructor with real-life experience in crime scene investigation will lead the criminal justice portion of the program. Natural science and mathematics skills will be honed as students collect evidence, sketch the crime scene, and use state-of-the-art molecular biology techniques and special software for analysis and comparison of DNA results. A final analysis and presentation of evidence will be presented to a prosecutor who will assess the students' use of organization, critical thinking, and evaluation and presentation skills.

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.

Information sessions about the program will be held at 7 p.m., April 24, at MCC Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West; April 26 at MCC Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Parkway East; and May 1 at MCC Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail. Classes will be held Monday through Thursday, July 9 through 26, at MCC Bradenton. For more information, call (941) 752-5203.

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