MOULTRIE -- Reality is much different than television, particularly when it comes to solving crimes.

That's a lesson students in a new course offered as part of ABAC on the Square's Kids' College will learn.

Anthony Clark, a medical examiner at the local Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab, said that, due to a number of television programs, forensic science has a become a "fad type of thing. Reality is a lot different."

A Junior Pathology Academy is one of many new courses offered by the school. The class will be similar to the introduction that Clark gives to law enforcement officers and coroners.

"I'll talk to the kids about what a medical examiner does, and maybe go over a couple of cases," he said.

As Clark will tell the students, the first thing required in being a medical examiner is many years of education, including college and medical school.

If this class isn't for you, there are many others to choose from. Program developers have tried to include a classes for a variety of interests.

"Debbie (Cagle) has done a wonderful job of increasing our offerings and of involving community members," said Kay Powell, director of ABAC on the Square.

"We wanted to offer different opportunities for students," explained Cagle, who has served as Powell's assistant since November.

Cagle's goal was to offer classes to generate interest in math and science, as well as give students a chance to explore career opportunities.

In addition to the pathology academy, students will have a chance to learn about what it takes to become a doctor or lawyer, about banking and money matters, and to speak Spanish.

Hands-on courses in pet basics, fly fishing techniques, sewing, and recording your own video are also available.

Each course has its own requirements for age and number of participants.

For information about the available courses, contact ABAC on the Square at 891-7235.

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