EAST GREENWICH, RI – Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology, announced that three students enrolled in the university’s Criminal Justice Technology program earned gold medals in Crime Scene Investigation in the College/Post-Secondary Division at the 52nd SkillsUSA National Competition held in Louisville, Kentucky June 21-24, 2016. The winners were Shelby Mortin of North Kingstown, RI, Stas Belch of West Greenwich, RI, and Mikayla Guarino of Wrentham, MA. These students join the growing list of NEIT Criminal Justice students who have won medals at SkillsUSA National. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, NEIT students have earned medals at this prestigious competition.
More than 6,500 students from across the U.S. competed in 100 occupational and leadership skill competition areas. Rhode Island was well represented with 81 secondary and post-secondary career and technical students with 29 individuals finishing in the Top 10. These industry-driven competitive events are modeled after the Olympics where the top three individuals or teams receive gold, silver, and bronze medals. To compete at the national competition, all students must earn a first place spot at their state-level SkillsUSA competition.
Students must work both against the clock and other competitors demonstrating their expertise in their chosen occupational field. The Crime Scene Investigation competition consists of a skill-related written test as well as hands-on activities. Students must show proficiency in crime scene methodology to include photography, gathering physical evidence, crime scene sketching, dusting a crime scene for collecting latent fingerprints, and releasing a crime scene properly and legally.
New England Tech’s Michael Webb earned a bronze medal in Architectural Design at this year’s competition. All four NEIT students who earned a medal were presented with job offers by industry representatives in attendance.
As Sherman stated, “The New England Tech community is very proud of this year’s Criminal Justice team as well as our other student competitors. NEIT students are encouraged to participate in SkillsUSA as a means to enhance their knowledge and skills as well as leadership and job opportunities. Congratulations to our faculty who work so diligently with our students in preparing them for this well respected competition. ”