Setting our Cadets up for success

It’s been a busy fall semester for our 2016 Biometric and Forensics ROTC Cadets. During the summer, the 11 Cadets trained at our Largo headquarters to learn about forensic biology and chemistry, latent prints, evidence collection, and biometric and digital evidence technology.

But we wanted to know: how much of an impact can two weeks have on these Cadets? Last week, we caught up with three of them who told us the time at NFSTC was time well spent.

Cadet Kaitlyn Velsvaag
University of Dubuque
Cadet Velsvaag in the chemistry lab
I have been using some of the skills acquired during the internship at another internship. I am working at the correctional facility in my town, which entails working with 150 inmates who are transition from prison or before going to prison. We use a lot of indicator tests for drugs and alcohol for these are forbidden. Overall this summer was a great crash course to help my career!

Cadet Travis Reed
Kansas State University
Cadet Reed in the chemistry lab
I was able to use a large majority of our training this fall when I gave a lecture presentation on biochemistry and how it relates to forensics. I was able to use the ALS that was given to us in my presentation, which everyone found very interesting. Unfortunately after NFSTC, I can rarely watch a TV crime drama without spotting a technical error or a case of “fauxrensics.”

Cadet Edgar Perez
Northern AZ University
Cadet Perez photographs developed fingerprint
Most recently, I have completed an internship with Arizona’s Department of Public Safety crime lab in Phoenix where I impressed many of the forensic scientists with my base knowledge of forensics. I impressed the latent print examiners with my ability to powder and lift prints. I have also received orders to report to Engineer BOLC in February.

We are proud of all our Cadets and their accomplishments. Stay tuned to see how you can directly impact our 2017 class.

Did you go through NFSTC’s ROTC internship? We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or send us at update at info@nfstc.org.

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