LINDSBORG — If you are looking for ways to entertain a curious child this summer, Bethany College is offering an educational new option for those interested in forensic science.
The college will host a Crime Scene Investigation Summer Camp for students going into 4th through 8th grades from 9 to 11 a.m. July 9-11.
"It's a good way to get your kids out of the house," said Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs Jessica Earle.
The camp will give students the opportunity to learn about fingerprinting, crime scene photography, scene security, evidence handling and splattered fluids. They will also have the chance to wear DUI goggles that simulate how the world appears to a driver impaired by the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The camp will be led by Rande Repp, a former military police officer who retired after a 26-year career with the Salina Police Department. Repp taught as an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Bethany College during the fall of 2016 and returned to the college as an assistant professor in the fall of 2017.
"(The campers) going to learn a lot from Professor Repp," Earle said.
Repp also has experience as a field training officer who took part in traffic accident reconstruction and forensic mapping.
The Crime Scene Investigation Summer Camp could give students their first chance to have basic training in a flourishing field.
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of forensic science technicians is projected to grow 17 percent from 2016 to 2026, a rate that is much faster than the average for other occupations. The demand for private investigators is also expected to grow at the accelerated rate of 11 percent over the same time period while the employment of police officers will rise at an average rate of 7 percent.
Registration for the Crime Scene Investigation Summer Camp is $20, which includes supplies and snacks. Scholarships are available. Campers must register before June 15.
"Spots are going very quickly," Earle said.
Bethany College is located at 335 E. Swensson in Lindsborg. For more information about the Crime Scene Investigation Summer Camp, visit https://www.bethanylb.edu/product-category/summer-offerings or call Earle at 785-227-3380 ext. 8302
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