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COLLEGE STATION – Ten Texas A&M University students recently completed a 40-hour “mini-mester” Crime Scene Investigation course through an innovative collaboration with the Texas Forensic Science Academy (TFSA), which is part of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

The students are majoring in Forensic and Investigative Sciences (FIVS) at Texas A&M and receive elective credit toward their degree. Students may also earn the Forensic Technician certificate from TEEX upon completion of both the Crime Scene Investigation and Latent Print Processing courses.

Enrollment in the popular mini-mester courses is capped at 10 students, who are selected through a competitive vetting process by FIVS degree staff at Texas A&M. Several students, after completing the TFSA courses and receiving a bachelor’s degree in Forensic and Investigative Sciences, have pursued law degrees and law enforcement careers at the state, federal and local level.

The instructor of the January course was Celestina Rossi, Crime Scene Investigator with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Adjunct Instructor with TEEX.


Texas A&M student Emily Grimshaw, who earned the Forensic Technician certificate, posted this comment: “Had a fun week getting hands-on experience and learning how it’s done from an awesome instructor. Hopefully this experience was another step down the path to a great career.”

“The students who have completed the TFSA courses over the years have displayed incredible excitement about the subject matter and demonstrated a commitment in their course activities to produce the best work product possible,” said Christine Ramirez, TFSA Coordinator. “Their work ethic, coupled with their capabilities, will allow them to positively contribute to the field of forensic science.”

Learn more about courses available through the Texas Forensic Science Academy.

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