criminal justice

Criminal Justice Students Win National Competition

Vol State students celebrating the SkillsUSA win, left to right: Wendy Sturgill, Nicole Fowler, Lesly Nunez, and Frank Ragains.

Criminal Justice students from Volunteer State Community College took top honors in the 2021 SkillsUSA national competition recently. Nicole Fowler of Gallatin, Lesly Nunez of Hendersonville, and Wendy Sturgill of Westmoreland received Gold for Crime Scene Investigation. Sydney Mattern of Nashville won Gold in the Criminal Justice section. SkillsUSA is a career and technical student organization. The purpose is to increase professionalism in the work field through student training; student sessions with potential employers; competitions in educational areas; and scholarships.

Criminal Justice Students Win Statewide SkillsUSA Competition

Vol State Criminal Justice students win competition

Criminal Justice students from Volunteer State Community College took top awards in two categories in a statewide SkillsUSA competition held recently in a virtual format. Lesly Rios Nunez of Hendersonville and Nicole Fowler of Gallatin took first place in Crime Scene Investigation. Sydney Mattern of Nashville won in the Criminal Justice competition. They prepped for the tournament with the help of assistant chief Tim Anschuetz of the Vol State Campus Police.

New Criminal Justice Lab in Gallatin

Vol State instructor Frank Ragains demonstrates fingerprinting techniques. Students left to right: Mick Fairchild of Hendersonville; Abby Smith of Smith County; Caitlyn Cook of Portland; and Hannah King of Mt. Juliet.

Planning a crime isn’t easy. There is plenty to consider. Metro Nashville Police Lieutenant Frank Ragains is an instructor at Volunteer State Community College. He designs mock crime scenes so that students can collect evidence and document the scene with a critical eye. Effective evidence processing is important in a criminal investigation. Mishandled evidence could be lost or found inadmissible in court. Vol State students now have more room, and more time, to investigate mock crime scenes thanks to a new Criminal Justice lab building at the college.