MCC (SCF) Offers Free High School Summer CSI Program

(Bradenton, Fla., April 24, 2009) - Manatee Community College (MCC) will offer a free crime scene investigation program this summer for gifted and/or high-achieving high school students. MCC (soon to be known as State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota) has received the Governor's Summer Program grant for five consecutive years.

The program, "Fishing for the Truth: Multidisciplinary Explorations of an Environmental Crime Scene Investigation," will be held July 6 to July 30 at MCC Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West.

As many as 24 qualifying students from high schools in Manatee and Sarasota counties may participate. 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. Students will have the opportunity to go on several field trips associated with crime scene investigation. Students will present an analysis of evidence and closing arguments to a state prosecuting attorney, who will assess their 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.

For more information, call (941) 752-5290 or visit

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