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CSI Program for High School Students

(Bradenton, Fla., June 11, 2007) - High-achieving high school students still have time to register for a free crime scene investigation program offered by Manatee Community College (MCC) at MCC Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West. Classes will be held Monday through Thursday, July 9 through 26.

Qualifying students will probe for clues at a mock crime scene where a lab assistant's "murder" will send them on a "blood trail" that explores bio-terrorist and profiling issues. Tours of a DNAPrint Genomics Inc. lab and Manatee County's crime scene unit are planned to give a real-life view of how crimes are solved. The program is directed by natural science Professor Dr. Andrew Swanson, who has expertise in DNA fingerprinting. Professor Greg Arnold, manager of MCC's criminal justice technology program and former career law enforcement officer, will lead the criminal justice portion of the program.

MCC received a $24,706 Governor's Summer Program grant for the free three-week program for 24 qualifying students from Manatee and Sarasota counties' high schools. 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 of evidence will be presented to a prosecutor who will assess the students' use of organization, critical thinking, and evaluation and presentation skills.

Advanced levels of knowledge in mathematics, chemistry and biology are required. For more information, call (941) 752-5203.

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