MCC is offering a stimulating selection of summer camps

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Middlesex Community College is offering 30 youth camps this summer. They explore the fields of aviation, science, technology, the humanities and the arts. Designed to actively engage campers in an exciting learning environment, most MCC summer camps are geared toward students ages 10 to 15, with some opportunities for children ages 8 to 10.

Returning camps include the popular Lego mindstorms, aviation (ACE), fashion design and digital photography camps, as well as forensics and Anime camps. New this year are camps exploring video-game design, music, songwriting and Web design. There will also be a three-week musical theater camp for 8- to 15-year-olds in Bedford, which will stage a production of Annie. Jr.

Most MCC summer camps run Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. An optional after-camps program for on-campus camps provides campers with stimulating activities from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

For the complete schedule, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/CareerTraining/youth/summercamps or call MCC’s community education and career training office at 781-280-3663 to request a brochure.

To register directly, call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College is now accepting applications for its new computer forensics programs. This fall, thanks to a National Science Foundation grant, Middlesex is launching a two-year associate degree program, as well as a one-year certificate program in this emerging field.

“Computer forensics is the finding and collecting, as well as the investigation and analysis of digital evidence related to a crime,” said Margaret Bleichman, chair of MCC’s Computer Science Department. “Digital evidence includes anything at a crime scene that has a computer chip in it, which could be a computer hard drive, a cell phone, a GPS system, even an automatic coffee maker.”

Computer forensics — also known as digital evidence — combines courses in criminal justice with information technology. “You have to understand the appropriate legal processes and procedures that will allow digital evidence to be acceptable in court,” said Bleichman. “Digital evidence also has to be preserved and analyzed according to the law.”

Coursework is offered days and evenings, and includes criminal law, criminal investigation, evidence and court procedures, as well as computer operating systems, networks and security. Hands-on training is offered in a state-of-the-art digital forensics lab on the Lowell Campus.

The program is designed to augment the skills of professionals in both computer technology and criminal justice careers. Graduates of the two-year associate degree program may choose to immediately enter the field or continue their studies in a bachelor’s degree program.

The program was developed as part of the Computer Forensics Advanced Technology Education project, a partnership among Middlesex, Bunker Hill, Bristol and Northern Essex community colleges and UMass Boston, funded by the National Science Foundation.

“There is a growing need for trained computer forensics professionals in federal, state and local law-enforcement agencies, schools and in the private sector,” said Bleichman. “Computer crimes have increased dramatically, creating a real demand for qualified personnel.”

To register, call 1-800-818-3434.

For more information about the program, contact Margaret Bleichman at bleichmanm@middlesex.mass.edu.