Sgt. Keith Flores of the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department conducted a two-hour safety lecture for more than 40 WCC students. Photo by Jessica Bibbee

Sgt. Keith Flores of the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department conducted a
two-hour safety lecture for more than 40 WCC students. Photo by Jessica Bibbee

As part of Washtenaw Community College’s commitment to campus safety, students were invited to participate recently in two ALICE training sessions in the Morris Lawrence building.

ALICE — an acronym for alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate — prepares individuals to handle the threat of an active shooter by participating in their own survival while leading others to safety.

The sessions followed earlier training for faculty and staff held last November and early January. More than 40 students participated in the afternoon and evening training sessions, which included a two-hour lecture by Sgt. Keith Flores of the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department.

The purpose of the training is to make students aware of their surroundings on and off campus. Sgt. Flores walked participants through a collection of statistics and simple ways to stay mindful and remove oneself should a dangerous situation arise.

Students were also invited to participate in staged scenarios that paired real-world simulations with question-and-answer sessions.

Inquiries regarding future ALICE trainings should be directed to the office of Student and Academic Services at (734) 973-3536.

By Jessica Bibbee

Work Study Student, Public Relations