The Blinn College District and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) have partnered to offer forensic science students the opportunity to earn certificates from both institutions while earning credit they can apply toward a college degree.
Students who complete the TEEX Forensic Science Academy while co-enrolled at Blinn will earn 18 college credit hours and be awarded a Blinn College Forensic Science Certificate and the TEEX Forensic Investigation & Evidence Management Certificate. By pursuing college credit, students bolster their employability and become eligible for additional financial aid opportunities.
“The new Collegiate Technical Investigation Skills Program is of great benefit for students. In addition to receiving academic credit, they will learn technical skills required of those employed as crime scene investigators,” said Christine Ramirez, training manager of the TEEX Texas Forensic Science Academy.
The agreement has been modeled after the Blinn-TEEX Police Academy partnership, which allows students completing the TEEX Central Texas Police Academy to earn college credit.
“Blinn and TEEX have a longstanding partnership that has benefited students from across the State of Texas,” said Robert Stanberry, Blinn College District Criminal Justice Program Coordinator. “Through these agreements, students can earn college credit alongside their industry credentials.”
The TEEX Texas Forensic Science Academy has provided investigation training to law enforcement officers and non-commissioned personnel responsible for investigations of crime since 2009. The goal of this science-based training is to increase the effectiveness of crime scene investigations by providing cutting edge technology and hands-on field exercises to include the proper documentation, collection, packaging, storage and analysis of physical evidence.
To date, more than 26,000 students have been trained through the academy; those students have been from all 50 states and 36 countries around the world. Courses of the Collegiate Technical Investigation Skills Program (CTISP) are taught at The Texas A&M University System’s RELLIS Campus.
Blinn’s role in the partnership is spearheaded by its criminal justice program. With traditional classroom or online tracks available, Blinn offers associate of arts, associate of applied science, and law enforcement technology degrees in criminal justice, as well as criminal justice corrections and basic peace officer certificates and occupational skills awards in criminal justice and judicial practices.
For more information about the Forensic Science Academy partnership, visit www.blinn.edu/criminal-justice/blinn-teex-forensic-science-academy.html.