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DATE: September 25, 2001
Prior to the terrorist attacks on America two weeks ago, many businesses and institutions were already educating their employees and the public on how to deal with terrorists.
At Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis, Tennessee, enrollment has been at capacity in the College's three day seminars on Terrorism and Hostage-Taking.
Presented by a retired special agent for the FBI, the course examines options for dealing with criminal, political and mentally ill hostage takers. Plans are underway to present a second series, Violence in the Schools and Workplace. The seminars examine options for dealing with violence and include Recognizing A Suspicious Person, How To React To A Person With A Gun and Identifying Safe Routes of Evacuation.
However, the tragic events of Tuesday, September 11, had a negative impact on the enrollment at STCC's Millington Center, which is located at the Naval Support Activity Mid-South. Classes were cancelled at that location for almost a week following the attacks. Since reconvening, attendance has been down over 20 percent, as both students and instructors have difficulty getting to class due to tightened security. The College is considering other sites located off-base.
Also in Memphis, a seminar on bio-terrorism for local law enforcement, hospitals and other community service providers was scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., Eastern Standard Time, on Tuesday, September 11. When the organizers of the event were notified of the attack on The World Trade Center just 30 minutes before it was to begin, the meeting was cancelled and hasn't been rescheduled.
Southwest Tennessee Community College was founded July 1, 2000, consolidating the legacies of Shelby State Community College and State Technical Institute at Memphis. It is the largest community college in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.
Southwest Tennessee Community College is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution.