Hooke College

2011-12 Forensic Microscopy Training Delivery Program
Funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

The National Institute of Justice and Hooke College of Applied Sciences have entered into a cooperative agreement to train an additional 232 forensic trace evidence examiners through 2012. This program covers the costs of tuition for courses and all travel, lodging, and meal expenses (see details below).

Forensic trace evidence examiners employed in U.S. State or local crime laboratories are eligible to enroll in any of the courses listed below. For course dates and descriptions, please click on the courses below.

General Microscopy Courses:

INS-500: Modern Polarized Light Microscopy
INS-510: Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
INS-525: Infrared Microscopy (FTIR)
INS-530: Raman Microscopy
INS-605: Advanced X-Ray Microanalysis by EDS
INS-610: Advanced Imaging Techniques for SEM

Forensic Trace Evidence Courses:

SMP-515: Sample Preparation: Forensics and Trace Evidence
MEI-600: Examination of Forensic Trace Evidence Particles
MEI-605: Hair Comparisons
MEI-610: Fiber Identification
MEI-615: Forensic Soil Examination Part 1
MEI-616: Forensic Soil Examination Part 2
MEI-620: Forensic Paint Identification and Comparison
MEI-625: Identification of Building Materials
MEI-645: White-Powder Unknowns Part 1
MEI-660: Gunshot Residue Identification

Benefits of attending Hooke College of Applied Sciences

  • Students use the latest and most up to date microscopy equipment available.
  • Every Hooke College of Applied Sciences course is taught by recognized experts in forensic science and microscopy, with decades of real-world experience. Many of our instructors have worked in crime laboratories and are certified by the American Board of Criminalistics.
  • All courses are certified by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). IACET credits are awarded upon satisfactory completion of the course requirements.

How to Register:

Registration for the sixteen courses listed above must be completed by downloading, the registration form and returning it to the Registrar via e-mail: education@hookecollege.com or fax: 630-887-7412. PLEASE NOTE: Registrations must be approved by your Laboratory Director in writing. Hooke College of Applied Sciences will review all registrations and accept or deny enrollments based on NIJ approved criteria. Students will be notified of their acceptance status at least 45 days prior to the beginning of the course.

Registrants should not make unchangeable/non-refundable travel reservations until they have been notified of acceptance and officially placed on a course roster. Only students who successfully complete the course will be reimbursed for reasonable travel expenses.

As part of our cooperative agreement with NIJ, Hooke College of Applied Sciences will make a reservation for you at the ClubHouse Inn & Suites hotel in Westmont based on your flight itinerary.


In accord with the terms of NIJ Award No. 2010-DN-BX-K237 the available funds under the Award cover tuition and travel expenses. Students will be reimbursed for travel expenses incurred to and from the course at Hooke College of Applied Sciences, 850 Pasquinelli Drive, Westmont, IL 60559 and for actual costs for room and meals while attending the course. Travel reimbursement is limited to reasonable expenses but not more than the maximum allowable costs under Government (GSA) reimbursement policies.

Flights: Upon acceptance in the course, students must submit to the registrar at least 21 days prior to the start date of the course proof of an acceptable flight itinerary showing flight schedules, travel times and cost. As an alternative, use of personal vehicles are allowed but will be reimbursed based upon the standard GSA mileage rate up to the maximum expense of a reasonable flight. For students from the local area, use of personal vehicles is allowed up to the maximum allowable Government mileage expense.

Accommodations: A standard room will be reserved for registered student and billed direct to Hooke College. All other charges including, room upgrades, expenses for additional travelers, and incidentals (e.g., movies, room service, etc.) will be the sole responsibility of the traveler.

Meals: The actual incurred costs for meals (excluding alcoholic beverages) will be reimbursed in full as long as the total daily cost for meals is no greater than the allowed GSA per diem rate for the greater Westmont, Illinois (DuPage County) area.. PLEASE NOTE: Only the cost of meals supported by receipts will be reimbursed.

Receipts Required: All travel costs to be considered for reimbursement must be verified with original itemized receipts accompanying the travel voucher. Reimbursement will be made only to those participants who successfully complete the course requirements.

This project is supported by Award No. 2010-DN-BX-K237 awarded by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. For more information about the National Institute of Justice, please visit www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/about/welcome.htm.

Information and questions regarding this program can be directed to:

College Registrar
Phone: 630-887-7100
Fax: 630-887-7412
Email: education@hookecollege.com

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