John Tyler Community College and Chesterfield County Participate in a Joint Emergency Drill
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Released on May 16, 2012
CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – For several hours today, John Tyler Community College’s Midlothian Campus was the site of a live-action drill designed as a test of the College’s emergency preparedness plans and as a training exercise for Chesterfield County’s first responders. During the drill, Chesterfield County police, fire, HAZMAT, EMS, and members of the County’s Emergency Management Division worked with College personnel who are trained in emergency response and crisis communications. The drill scenario involved a situation in which a violent outburst in a classroom led to a chemical spill.
“This emergency preparedness drill will assist the College in evaluating and updating its Emergency Response Plan,” said Fred Taylor, vice president of finance and administration. “The College takes seriously the challenge of providing a safe and secure environment for its students and employees. The College is grateful for the excellent support it receives from Chesterfield County. They are terrific partners and we enjoy a great working relationship.”
John Tyler Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education and is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers quality and economical opportunities for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 14,522 students during the 2010-11 academic year, offers 17 associate degrees, eight certificates, and 35 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 15,000 non-credit students and more than 1,000 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance. The College also is committed to sustainability. In July 2010, it received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for its Midlothian Campus Science Building, becoming the first in the Virginia Community College System to receive such recognition. John Tyler Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
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