Category Archives: Training

STEM TEC students try their hands at forensic science

Kirk Grates, NFSTC senior forensic specialist – chemistry, shows STEM TEC Summer Career Institute Students basic techniques in fingerprint comparison.

LARGO, FL   July 6, 2010:   The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) hosted more than 90 high school students for hands-on tours of forensic science at their training facility in Largo on June 29, 2010. The students were part of the STEM TEC: Summer Career Institute, a program developed by Junior Achievement and WorkNet Pinellas that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to train for emerging careers.  

Students toured the NFSTC training facility and participated in five hands-on activities:

  • Testing for drugs and explosives
  • Testing for biological fluids like blood
  • Interpreting DNA profiles
  • Using Firearms comparison microscope for bullet matching
  • Alternative light sources for fingerprint and biological fluid detection
“Studying math, science and technology are the stepping stones to so many fascinating careers,” says Kevin Lothridge, CEO of NFSTC.  “Forensic scientists get to assist in keeping our communities safe and solving crime.  It’s an interesting way to apply science to a great career.”

WorkNet Pinellas together with Junior Achievement, Pinellas County Schools, St. Petersburg College and various

STEM TEC Summer Career Institute Students learn to do a simple presumptive test for blood as one of the hands-on activities during their tour of the National Forensic Science Technology Center.

other partners provides career exploration and workplace readiness training to economically disadvantaged students aging from 14-16 through this four week summer program. The program consists of hands-on activities in various career industries, workplace readiness training, teambuilding, goal setting and personal motivation, in addition to employer site visits as job shadowing experiences in STEM specific fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

“Hearing first-hand from the field experts, combined with the activities NFCTC had planned, made the career exploration for the students entertaining as well as an educational experience they will never forget.” Marilyn Browne, special projects manager, WorkNet Pinellas.

“Our hope is that by hosting these kids and getting them engaged, they are inspired to reach higher academically and enrich our industry as professionals,” says Lothridge.

The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Largo, Florida. NFSTC provides training, assessment, technology assistance and evaluation to the justice and forensic communities to ensure quality forensic services nationwide. The organization receives funding from the National Institute of Justice and other federal agencies.

2011 OVC Sexual Assault Response Team Training announcement

Sixth National Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Training Conference will be held  May 25 – 27, 2011, in Austin, Texas.  Scholarships are available.

The primary focus of the 2011 SART Training Conference will once again expand the capacity of SARTs to promote health and healing of sexual assault victims, hold sex offenders accountable for their crimes, and realize the hope of preventing further sexual violence in their communities.

The training in 2011 will add an additional concentration on responding to victims of sexual assault in Indian Country. This focus will serve to help practitioners increase their collective capacity to respond to sexual assault, provide them a forum to consider how to best facilitate healing and justice for Native victims, and ultimately meet the goal of developing sustainable and high-functioning SANE/SART programs in Tribal communities.

Download this flyer for more information about the training and availability of scholarships.

This project is sponsored by SANE-SART Resource Service and funded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, Grant No. 2009-VF-GX-K011.  

NFSTC’s Essentials of CSI training featured on FOX13 Tampa

powder_0116Tampa Bay’s local Fox News station, FOX13, came out to NFSTC to learn more about the National Institute of Justice Essentials of Crime Scene Investigation training for law enforcement, developed and delivered by NFSTC.  The piece highlights law enforcement trainees from different areas of the country, as well as the valuable skills they learn through hands-on scenario training. 

The story can be viewed online at

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NFSTC’s Training of Wisconsin DNA Analysts Recognized

DNA Analyst TrainingWisconsin Attorney General J.B.Van Hollen, recently declared the state’s DNA backlog backlog to be “history”.   In an Associated Press (AP) story dated April 21, 2010, a letter from Van Hollen to the state’s lawmakers announced the success of on of his top priorieties since taking office in 2007.  Van Hollen credits the training, provided by the National Forensic Science Technology Center, to have increased the labs’ productivity.

The state’s backlog of DNA cases was addressed using a combination of new staff, robotic technology, crime laboratory expansion and training.  To read the story, please click here.

NFSTC’s CSI class featured in the Saint Petersburg Times

NFSTC e-learning_imageNFSTC’s Essentials of Crime Scene Investigation, a training class for new investigators, was featured in the Saint Petersburg Times on Tuesday, March 2, 2010.  This class, funded by the National Institute of Justice, provides online and hands-on training in a variety of forensic investigation techniques and is provided free of charge to the agencies.  A series of classes will be held throughout 2010.

To read the story, please visit

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To learn more about the Essentials of Crime Scene Investigation class, please see our latest class announcement.