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Stay safe with a personal protection class in July, August

July 11, 2017

Personal safety will be at the center of two classes Nicolet College will offer multiple times in July and August.

One class is a two-hour overview on how to stay safe and defend yourself. The second is a more in depth, four-hour class that will cover the same topics and feature additional demonstrations and hands-on activities.

“While physical confrontations are rare, they do happen,” said Tim Gerdmann, Criminal Justice Services specialist at Nicolet.

“In both classes participants will learn proven techniques to first avoid an assault and, secondly, what actions to take if a situation does escalate into an actual attack.”

The two-hour College Safety Academy will teach participants how to:

- identify and avoid potentially dangerous situations.

- use verbal skills to deescalate a confrontation or dangerous situation.

- use pepper spray.

- physically escape an attacker.

The academy will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and repeated 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays July 19, 26, Aug. 2, 9, and 16 in Birchwoods Center 116 on the Nicolet Campus.

Cost is $30.

The four-hour Personal Safety Academy will cover all of the topics above and include more hands-on activities to practice what’s presented during the lecture portion of the academy.

This academy will be held Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon and repeated 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. July 22, 29, August 5, 12, and 19 in Birchwoods Center 105 on the Nicolet Campus

Cost is $50.

The practice pepper spray canisters students will use in both academies will contain water and not any actual active pepper spray.

Both courses are open to anyone age 14 or older.

For the two-hour College Safety Academy, participants age 14 to 17 will need a permission and waiver form signed by a parent or legal guardian.

For the four-hour Personal Safety Academy, 14- to 17-year-olds will need a parent or legal guardian to attend the class with them.

For more information, and to register, contact Tim Gerdmann at (715) 365-4535, TTY 1-800-947-3529 or 711 relay, or by email at tgerdmann@nicoletcollege.edu.