Faculty In-Service Day to Include Training on Active Threats

Clover Park Technical College is closed Oct. 23 for an “in-service,” or day of professional development for faculty. The event will take place in the McGavick Event Center and will conclude with a training on how instructors can recognize and respond to the threat of an active shooter on campus.

The tragic shooting at Umpqua Community College earlier this month has underscored the importance of awareness and preparation, according to Lisa Beach, CPTC’s director of security and compliance. Beach and Lt. John Unfred of the Lakewood Police Department will lead the training session.

Institutions of higher education are placing more of an emphasis on moving from an older “lockdown/safe room” model toward a doctrine of “Run, Hide, Fight,” in response to an active threat. A discussion will follow the faculty training and input will be gathered about how to involve students in preparing for and responding to an active threat.

Friday’s session represents the seventh time this academic year that Beach and Unfred have offered the free active threat training to college faculty and staff. Earlier this fall, the pair offered six sessions of the training for college employees. To stay vigilant, Beach is planning additional training opportunities.

For more information about risk management, compliance and safety, visit www.cptc.edu/risk.