HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Marshall University has become the first school in the nation to receive accreditation for their digital forensic program.
The announcement was made in a press conference on Tuesday at Marshall.
The forensic science program was started at Marshall University in the mid 90's and since has graduated more than 200 students.
The school now adds an accredited digital forensics program to their accomplishments.
School officials say it took a while for this type of program to be accredited because in the mid 90's, during the CSI Effect, when the show became popular and the profession exploded, there wasn't enough knowledge about computers to accredit the program.
Their close work with Huntington Police and the West Virginia State Police, along with their on campus lab used to help with case work for computer crimes, assisted in getting the accreditation.
Marshall is the only school in the United States to have this accreditation.