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Albertus Magnus College Adds DNA to Criminal Justice Camp

Albertus Magnus College will host its fourth annual Criminal Justice Camp for rising high school juniors and seniors on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, on campus. This free one-day camp, collaboratively organized by the Office of Admission, Coordinator of Criminal Justice Programs Michael Geary, J.D., and several local law enforcement agencies, is geared to rising high school juniors and seniors interested in the criminal justice field. Last year's camp was such a success that this year’s camp is filled to capacity.

The program this year will feature a new hands-on session focused on DNA testing organized by Dr. Mark Barreuther, professor of biology; chair, department of biology, chemistry and mathematics. Students will be conducting simplistic testing with the use of their own DNA. The student teams will also attend sessions in crime scene evaluation, the K-9 program, finger-printing and eyewitness testimonials. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about police and military support services with the addition of military field equipment, seat belt crash simulator and bomb-retrieving robot on site.

An overview of possible career paths paired with in-person testimonials from alumni and current graduate students will give high school students a strong sense of where a degree in criminal justice can lead. Presenters work in a variety of sectors such as the Special Victims Unit, State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement.

Albertus Magnus College, founded in 1925, is a Catholic College in the Dominican Tradition. The College has a total enrollment of 1,700 students. It offers 50 traditional undergraduate programs, accelerated undergraduate programs for working adults, and graduate programs in business, management, education, liberal studies, leadership, writing, human services and art therapy – the only one of its kind in Connecticut.