Collegewide “Response to an Active Threat” Training Begins January 20, 2015

The Response to an Active Threat training is an interactive, face-to-face, two-hour workshop designed to help employees develop or improve their “Survival Mindset.” Response to an Active Threat training is required for Valencia’s Emergency Response Plan and is therefore mandatory for all employees to participate.

The workshop reinforces the concept that positive thinking, along with training, can improve an individual’s chance of surviving a critical incident. The following is a list of a few of the topics to be covered:

  • The seven courses of action to follow in a critical incident/active shooter scenario
  • Awareness, preparedness and rehearsal to form a protective shield
  • Identifying behaviors of concern and how to respond to them
  • What to do when first responders arrive on the scene

“In addition, we will also be conducting small classroom activities and scenarios to enhance the learning experience,” said West Campus Security Field Supervisor Jeff Post who promises the training will be anything but staid.

The training will be offered through Valencia EDGE beginning January 20, 2015, with dates through May 28, 2015. Sessions will be conducted at various campuses and at different times and dates throughout the year to accommodate employees’ schedules.

For training dates, times and locations, click on the button below and scroll down to Safety and Security.

COURSE-SCHEDULE-button-groveTo register, log into Atlas, click on the Employees tab and click on the Access Valencia EDGE graphic in the My Development Channel. A new window will open where you can search for “Response to an Active Threat” and click on the title of the course. A pop-up window will appear. Click the Request button to register for the session you’d like to attend.

While there is no mandatory completion date for the program that has been set by the College, individual department heads may set deadlines for their departments.

“We encourage Valencia employees not to look at it as mandatory but as an important tool for surviving a critical incident whether on the job, or in any potential crisis situation,” Jeff said.

“TRAIN TODAY … WIN TOMORROW,” says Assistant Vice President for Safety, Security and Risk Management Paul Rooney, who subscribes to the belief that safety and security is everybody’s business. “Along with active threat training, it’s important for everyone to always be aware of his or her environment; and if you see something, say something.”

For emergencies always dial 911. For non-emergency situations, or to report suspicious persons or behavior, contact your campus security office or you may choose the silent witness option. You may reach your campus security office by dialing the following numbers:

District Office: 407-582-3000
East Campus: 407-582-2000
Lake Nona Campus: 407-582-7000
Osceola Campus: 407-582-4000
School of Public Safety (formerly CJI): 407-582-8000
West Campus: 407-582-1000
Winter Park Campus: 407-582-6000


  • Bob Gessner said:

    It appears that all of the East and West campus training dates and times are on Tuesday or Thursday. It would be helpful to offer training sessions on the other days of the week. I have professors who have heavy teaching loads during those days and times and they cannot attend any of the current sessions offered on our campus.

    PMWed, 07 Jan 2015 13:08:11 +0000Wed, 07 Jan 2015 13:08:11 +0000pm15,1:08 pm

  • Aysha Aslam said:

    I agree with the above comment. If this training is mandatory for all full and part-time employees, it would be helpful to offer it at a variety of times to accommodate the staff.

    PMThu, 19 Feb 2015 16:18:46 +0000Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:18:46 +0000pm15,4:18 pm

  • Wendy Jo Moyer said:

    Thank you all for your feedback. We have been sharing your feedback with the scheduling team.

    AMFri, 20 Feb 2015 08:16:56 +0000Fri, 20 Feb 2015 08:16:56 +0000am15,8:16 am

  • Jon DiBiase said:


    We have submitted a request for the "Response to an Active Threat" to be available on certain Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays on East Campus. They are to run from March through May and have varying times. If you have a department that is still unable to make these classes, please contact a Security Supervisor and we can schedule a class at a date and time that better suits your needs.

    -East Campus Security

    PMFri, 20 Feb 2015 15:49:25 +0000Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:49:25 +0000pm15,3:49 pm

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