Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland, Kansas began the first two-year Crime Scene Investigation program in Kansas back in 2013. Since then the first graduating class went through Commencement this past May. But it’s not only graduates experiencing success. One student-athlete who is finding achievement in his field is sophomore from the Cayman Islands, Tevin Yen. Yen spent this past summer working in the Cayman Islands completing an internship with the Royal Cayman Island Police Service, Scenes of Crime Department. During his internship, Tevin assisted the RCIPS with crimes ranging from simple burglaries, all the way to sexual assault.
Regarding his internship Tevin commented: “I really enjoyed my internship. It helped me improve at CSI. I would say a lot of the things that my teacher taught me in the first year, I got to experience first-hand, and I also found out what it felt like to not just learn about the subject, but actually take part in the field…I look forward to learning more…and to continue in this field.”
Because Northwest Tech practices hands-on learning, internships are strongly encouraged. These types of experiences allow the students to continue their hands-on learning in a real-world situation. Tevin brought back new techniques to the class as well as different stories regarding cases he was involved in.
CSI instructor Jason Showalter spoke about the benefits reaped from Tevin’s internship saying: “Mr. Yen has brought back a lot of information that not only shows the other students what working in the career field is like, but he also now has that first hand knowledge. We’re proud of him and all of our CSI students.”
As a soccer player at Northwest Tech, Yen is learning to balance different priorities in his life as a student-athlete. He plans to graduate with his Associate Degree in May.