Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Training in forensics, cybersecurity supplement high school curriculum

HOUSTON - Students enrolled in the High School for Law and Justice, a magnet school in the Houston Independent School District, are now taking online courses offered by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) as part of their curriculum.
Twenty-two juniors and seniors studying criminal justice, and their teacher, are taking Basic Criminal Investigation and Foundations of Courtroom Testimony. “This gives the students the opportunity to take the same training that law enforcement practitioners take,” said Christine Ramirez, Training Manager of TEEX's Texas Forensic Science Academy.
An additional 145 students recently registered for three TEEX online cybersecurity courses, which are eligible for college credit through the American Council on Education (ACE), said Tony Tasillo, Manager of Educational Initiatives. The students are enrolled in criminal justice or computer programming classes, he added. The online cybersecurity courses are DHS/FEMA-funded and offered at no charge.
“The students can also earn college credit through ACE and a variety of articulation agreements with universities," Tasillo said.
"It’s the first time a high school has supplemented its curriculum with Texas Forensic Science Academy courses,” Ramirez said. “We have a contract with Houston ISD for four years, and the program could expand to other campuses.” The students’ fees for the online forensics courses are paid by the school district’s Career and Technology Education program. 
This training will be a benefit for students seeking additional training or careers in law enforcement after high school, Ramirez said. “It will enhance their resume and show they have taken the initiative to get this type of training.”
Originally published on teex.org.