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Support the 2015 NFSTC ROTC Internship

Shooting a fingerprint on a phoneEach year since 2009, NFSTC has offered a rigorous, two-week, one-of-a-kind Biometrics and Forensic Internship for 12 ROTC Cadets from around the country. NFSTC has been committed to this program as it truly complements our work and because of this, NFSTC has provided this amazing opportunity at no charge to ROTC cadets or the Command. Since we started, more than 70 Cadets have been to NFSTC and learned skills, tools and techniques that will make them stronger leaders in our nation’s security forces.

This year we have launched a campaign to allow companies and individuals to support this program through sponsorship and donations. Your support will show your commitment to educating future Army leaders through a unique internship experience they do not receive in college and or basic ROTC training.

IMG_2665Learn more about giving opportunities at nfstc.causevox.com, or download more information here:

  Support the 2015 NFSTC Cadet Internship

Custom corporate giving opportunities are also available.

NFSTC is proud to support our ROTC Cadets and science and STEM education, and we appreciate our sponsors. We are looking forward to meeting this year’s Cadets!

Follow along with the cadet class in July via NFSTC’s Facebook page.

 

NFSTC is seeking a Logistics Specialist

NFSTC Challenge Coin frontNFSTC is looking for a Logistics Specialist (NFSTC) for its Largo, FL, headquarters location. This team member will be responsible for providing logistic and warehouse support for the organization, including shipping and receiving, inventory controls and material handling, and mobile unit maintenance and deployment.  He or she will perform equipment maintenance and upkeep through vendor liaison and hands-on delivery and provide support for space configuration, resource and equipment setup and tear down, and basic facilities support.  

To learn more about this position, and to directly apply online, please click here:

See the full listing.

The difference between a good career and a great one can be the benefits that come along with the job. NFSTC offers a strong benefits package to employees who qualify, including flexible work schedules, medical, dental, and vision insurance, 403(b) retirement plans, paid holidays and time off, and various elective benefits.NFSTC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer (minorities/women/disabled/veterans), and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, gender, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. NFSTC is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

NFSTC is proud to have been named one of Tampa Bay’s 2009, 2010 and 2011 Best Places to Work by the Tampa Bay Business Journal and a Tampa Bay Times Top Workplace in 2011 and 2012. The organization stands with other leading companies as part of a vibrant business community.

NFSTC makes major donation of analysis instruments to the University of Tampa forensic science program

The University of Tampa’s Forensic Science degree program has a major infusion of analysis equipment and capabilities this semester. The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) donated eight DNA, drugs and explosives analysis instruments including gas chromatograph mass spectrometers (GS/MS) and genetic analyzers, totaling more than $170,000.

UT Forensics Donation“All of the equipment we donated to UT is of the type and quality used by forensic professionals on an almost daily basis, including at our labs in Largo,” explains Kevin Lothridge, CEO of NFSTC. “By putting this equipment into the hands of future technicians and analysts, we can provide them with hands-on experience before they even step foot in their first operational lab.”

NFSTC was joined by the FBI, Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office, and Thermo Fisher Scientific in donating a total of 12 instruments to the department. The current value of all the used equipment is $230,100.

“If the University were to purchase this outright, it would be close to $1 million in upfront costs,” says Dr. Kenyon Evans-Nguyen, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Tampa. “Our forensic science degree program is rapidly growing. The GC-MS instruments in particular are very useful donations. Our current GC/MS instrument is not sufficient for most of the needs of the department. The extent and generosity of the donations was an unexpected windfall, providing us with equipment superior to what we have now.”

Once the instruments are commissioned and installed, students won’t be the only ones benefitting from the donation. UT faculty will also have access to further their own research for validation methods for forensic analysis of drugs and explosives. In addition to forensic science classes, the equipment will be used in courses such as organic chemistry, physical chemistry, advanced instrumental chemistry and other science courses.

The donation comes ahead of the department’s audit to be an accredited program by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). Currently, 41 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs around the country are FEPAC accredited. From application to accreditation, the process takes about a year to complete and includes education program review and site visits. UT’s site visit was completed October 2014.

New course! Online Digital Crime Scene Photography now open

Digital photo screen shotWhen it comes to documenting evidence, nothing beats good quality photographs. A decent camera is important, but the skills and knowledge of the photographer are critical to getting scene and evidence photographs that will be useful to investigation.

NFSTC’s newly expanded Digital Crime Scene Photography course is available online to help you get the critical knowledge and skills you need to capture fair and accurate photographic documentation of any scene. This 6-hour course covers everything from digital camera basics and lighting strategies to methods used to capture images of impression evidence and bloodstains.

Special Features:

  • Ask an Expert (get your questions answered by a certified evidence photographer)
  • Camera Simulation
  • Printable job aids
  • Pre- and post-tests to measure your progress

Learn to ‘paint with light’ and capture a drop of water in motion through interactive challenges and exercises. There’s even a camera simulator to help you practice adjusting camera settings to obtain examination-quality photographs. In addition, learn how a crime scene photographer should prepare for courtroom testimony.

This is a self-paced course is only $79, and students will have access for 60 days after purchase. A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully completing the course (Score of 75% or greater).

Learn more about NFSTC newest online course here.

 

 

ROTC cadets on site for biometric and forensic training

Nikon 127_smTwelve lucky ROTC cadets from around the U.S. have arrived at NFSTC to participate in the 6th annual Biometric and Forensic Internship training. The cadets will receive two-weeks of unique hands-on training similar to that provided to special operations and international forces. The training is provided at no charge by NFSTC and its partner companies and is part of NFSTC’s commitment to STEM education and to our military operators.

Biometric and forensic science is a capability that continues to grow in importance on today’s battlefields and in special operations. The ability to properly collect and document evidence in hot zones and battle sites provides actionable intelligence and identification information that can make the difference for operators. During the internship, the cadets will learn basic forensic training and get hands-on practice applying crime scene investigation techniques in NFSTC’s unique training facility. The course includes crime scene investigation, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and post-blast investigation, firearms, biologics, trace and computer forensics delivered over the next two weeks.

The internship costs approximately $50,000 to host, and this is the first year sponsors have been brought on board to support it. The 2014 sponsors NFSTC Board Member Jim Cali, Celestar, Lynn Peavey, Ron Smith & Associates, Holiday Inn & Suites Harbourside, and the High Tech Crime Institute, have stepped up to provide funding and services to keep the cadet opportunity going.

The program is designed to test each cadet’s leadership abilities, personal responsibility and ability to adhere to mission objectives, and offers a unique experience they would not receive in most college curricula and or basic ROTC training.  In addition, they will have an opportunity to try out the latest in forensic field technology. Cadets hail from colleges all over the U.S., including Marquette University, University of Portland, Illinois State, Iowa State, University of North Dakota and Old Dominion.

NFSTC will host a photo gallery that captures cadets in action throughout the two-week course on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nfstc, so log on and follow along!

Thank you to our sponsors:

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