Midway ISD to offer forensic science class to high school
WACO, TX (KXXV) -
Alocal high schoolis bringing the crime lab to the classroom. With the rising popularity of crime shows, Midway Independent School District is bringing in a new forensics science class.
The district made class times shorter last year so it could add an extra eighth period and give students time to explore elective interests before going to college or straight into the workforce.
Starting next school year, the classroom could be like a scene from your favorite crime show with forensic technicians combing a potential crime scene in the dark, searching for evidence.
Midway High School student Caroline Wills says she was drawn to the class because of what she’s seen on TV.
“I do find the CSI and NCIS cool,” Wills explained, and she's not the only one. More than 100 students have already signed up for the class.
“Criminal psychology seems the most interesting to me but I think it would be good to have a basic finger printing and DNA class,” says Wills.
Former WacoPolice Department Crime Technician turned teacher Kasha Gorham says the course will be useful for students considering a range of careers - not just forensic science.
“I believe it would be beneficial for someone who would want to be an attorney, for example, and do criminal cases, or someone who wants to be a police officer because they’re going to have to know how the process is going to work in the field as well,” says Gorham.
Students will learn the basics, including blood splatter and projectile analysis and even have some hands-on training collecting evidence.
Midway's Career and Technology Education Coordinator Ashley Canuteson says classes like this one are part of the district's growing Career and Technical Education Program.
“Students are now allowed more time in their overall four-year schedule to implement and select elective courses to take to explore interests they may have instead of just checking off graduation requirements,” says Canuteson.
Juniors and Seniors seem to be appreciative of the opportunity.
“If I fall in love with forensic science that might be something I want to do as a career,” says Wills. “It’s neat that I have an opportunity to learn about it, where at most schools don’t.”