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High school students solve a crime at NOVA-Manassas Biotechnology Open House

Kevin Wiscovitch from Battlefield High School and Rachel Keller from Westfield High School worked together to “solve a crime” using DNA analysis during the Biotechnology Open House at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

On March 29, a group of students and parents from several local high schools visited the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College for the Biotechnology Open House.

Students from Annandale, Battlefield, Chantilly, Osbourn Park and Westfield high schools enjoyed an informative hands-on session with Biotechnology Program Head Ia Gomez and Biology Professor Alias Smith. The two faculty members were assisted by three biotechnology students: Michael Sibilo (of Manassas), Jenny Nguyen (Manassas) and Amanda Harbison (Annandale).

The goal for the open house was to create awareness about biotechnology careers through an interactive presentation followed by an exciting, educational crime scene DNA analysis simulation.

“The success of the open house exceeded our expectations,” Gomez said. “Several attendees have already started making plans to enroll in the Biotechnology Program. Surprisingly, two of them are parents of the high school students.”

To learn more, go to www.nvcc.edu/manassas/biotech or email Gomez at igomez@nvcc.edu.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.