High School Senior Samantha Zorian Completes Forensic Information Program

Student standing against a grey brick wall holding a certificate of completion for the FIC course.
Samantha Zorian proudly displays her FIC certificate.

The Forensic Information Curriculum School is an exceptional opportunity for students to interactively learn from forensic scientists currently working within the field. This program is in conjunction with the New York state troopers, and allows students to learn from other professionals within the New York State Police Crime Laboratory System.

This year was the first year they have allowed high school students to participate in this program. We are lucky enough to have a CCHS student learn from these professionals, and go on to graduate from the program after its completion. Samantha met with the forensic scientist mentors multiple times throughout the semester, as she explored different disciplines of forensic science.

This program has allowed Samantha to acquire a knowledge of her mentors’ own experiences, which has in turn helped her to have a better understanding of the forensic science career path. Allowing for networking opportunities, this program has given Samantha the ability to connect with professionals within the field. Samantha has already heard great feedback from her mentors. More specifically, Forensic Scientist III, Samantha Whitfield, with the Drug Chemistry lab based out of the New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center, said “It was a pleasure to have Samantha attend our program, and we hope she continues her interest in forensic science! She is the dedicated and motivated individual who we look for in our prospective job applicants”. 

This exclusive opportunity is one that has been beneficial to Samantha, by helping to build her network and expertise. We are excited for the opportunity to continue to offer this unique program to future generations of South Colonie students.

For more information on this program visit the FIC website here.

Story by: Cecilia Perry, Communications Intern