From Lewis and Clark to the FBI

Ashtyn Britt

There are many types of students that Lewis and Clark Community College serves every year, and many graduate and move on to do great things.

L&C offers many opportunities for young adults and is proud of the success rate as a result from those opportunities. This past June allowed multiple high school juniors and seniors to participate in the Future Agents in Training (FAIT) Academy.

The academy was facilitated by Springfield’s Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, more commonly known as the FBI.
“Our FAIT Academy allowed high school students an opportunity to get a comprehensive look into today’s FBI,” said FBI Officer Brad Ware. “Students were provided with several presentations on topics including terrorism, cyber-crime, public corruption, evidence response, SWAT, and the day-to-day operations from typical FBI Special Agents and Professional Staff.”

The course, which was free for the students attending, informed those in attendance of the FBI’s mission as well as creating awareness to the many different careers associated with the FBI.

Students were provided with not only information, but also the benefit of more hands-on training, which included how to gather evidence, how to solve cases and also how to interview witnesses and potential suspects.
“The academy was an extremely valuable learning opportunity for the students, I hope we can continue the academy in the future,” said L&C Criminal Justice Coordinator Jessica Noble.

Showing promise for future students in similar programs, every student, all 22 who attended the FAIT course, completed the program and received a certificate.

To learn more about L&C’s Criminal Justice program, visit

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