MCTC earns active shooter training award

May 20, 2019

HUNTINGTON — Mountwest Community and Technical College has earned Organizational Certification for completing the Active Shooter Protocol Training for Institutes of Higher Education.

With more than 5,300 accredited institutions in the country, Mountwest becomes the first college or university in West Virginia to achieve this certification, and only one of four in the United States.

The award comes from ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) Training Institute which is the leading Active Shooter/Violent Critical Incident response program in the country and promotes taking an active role in surviving such events. The process of achieving Organizational Certification took the college eight months to complete.

Representatives from the ALICE Training Institute presented the certificate to Mountwest on Thursday, May 16.

“Although no one can prepare for every situation, the ALICE program has changed the culture and mindset of our faculty, staff and students to react in the event of an aggressive intruder,” said Chief Rodney Pell, Mountwest director of public safety. “Our goal is for everyone to have an overall sense of preparation, not paranoia. The ongoing ALICE training is a large step toward achieving that goal.”

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