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New Generation: Do You Have What It Takes?

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New Generation: Do You Have What It Takes?

New Generation: Do You Have What It Takes?

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Show 1629: New Generation: Do You Have What It Takes?
Air Date: July 17, 2016



McClendon: Well, Oklahoma CareerTech is leading the way in developing curriculum for students interested in law enforcement, part of which includes a training exercise that has grown quite a bit since its inception in 2007. And our Alisa Hines was there as the action got underway at this year’s Puppy Strike 4.


Alisa Hines: Planes, trains, even automobiles, these students see it all.

Mark American Horse: Because this is the real world.

Alisa: Mark American Horse is the criminal justice instructor at Central Tech in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and says what the students learn through the Puppy Strike Training scenario will someday save lives, even their own.

Mark: Unfortunately you can’t put that in, in a little box and say here’s the amount of hours that you should spend not dying.

Alisa: And that’s exactly the reason behind this yearly training exercise.

Mark: So what we do is really proactive, as opposed to gathering a whole bunch of people and saying this has happened, how do we all work together?

Alisa: Traveling to a local train yard, students are here for something they can’t experience sitting in a classroom.

Mark: And that’s really the direction that we believe that training across the nation should be going. So for these students, the great thing about it for them is that in their entire career, they will probably not have a training exercise of the, of this magnitude.

Alisa: It even extends beyond Oklahoma’s borders. Jim Ettari is with the Career and Technology Center in Williamston, South Carolina.

Jim Ettari: It is an outstanding opportunity for my students to get some real life experience, to work with people from actual law enforcement agencies and to put themselves in a situation where they’re not going to get hurt, but they could realize what could happen to them. That’s real-life experience that’s very, very hard to get, almost like virtual bull riding without having to worry about getting gored by the bull.

Alisa: Back in Oklahoma, students are to secure computers hidden in this train yard. What they find is a shoot out, air-soft pellets flying everywhere.

Male Voice: Ah, he did nail me!

Alisa: Stinging where real bullets would kill.

Male Voice: If my wife’s listening to this, sorry honey I’m not coming home.

Alisa: Despite the casualties, the criminal justice students were able to secure the computers and arrest the bad guys -- bad guys played by fellow students from the network security administration program. Brian Babcock is the class instructor.

Brian Babcock: The biggest part of it is it gets them out, you know, out of the classroom. We get into a real-world environment, gives them an opportunity to see the parts of the things that they have learned that integrate with other careers and other career paths. If any of my students have a feeling towards technology that it can be exploited to someone’s benefit, by the end of this scenario, they understand that there’s no, without a question, you’re going to be caught.

Alisa: Tough lessons to learn, but ones that first-year student Dylan O’Dell says makes him a better student.

Dylan O’Dell: It’s an amazing program. Mark American Horse is the real deal; he is an amazing, amazing teacher. He’s one, he’s actually, this is actually the first time I’ve ever woke up and wanted to, to go to school and wanted to learn.

Male Voice: Duck down!

Alisa: And learn they did.

[Students shouting].

Dylan: It’s noise, confusion, you know. I mean, all of us really, really wanted to win, but it was noisy, there was a lot of confusion. No one knew what to do, a lot of people panicked, everyone was scared, but like I said, it was Mr. American Horse’s training that got us through.

[students shouting]

Dylan: Because he teaches us, whenever we’re, whenever we’re in such tough situations that everything’s going wrong, he teaches us to stop and work the problem. What happened? Slow it down.

Mark: You’ve gotta remember, you’ve gotta stay focused on the objective; what’s the objective? I could’ve thrown a rock and hit this guy up on top; I don’t know why you guys didn’t get him.

[students laughing]

Alisa: Now, for second-year student Scotty Friend, this year was better than last.

Scotty Friend: A lot better; we actually won this year. We didn’t win last year; we all got blowed up. The only difference is that I didn’t get shot last year, and I got shot this year.

Alisa: Ouch! But it’s an experience that gets police departments to notice the students.

Mark: Recruiters at various police departments come up and say, “Hey, do you have anybody coming up this year?” Because as the students go through the program and get hired, they tend to shine a little bit brighter, and they’re always looking for good recruits.

Alisa: A chance to prepare for the real world in the safety of a class setting where mistakes aren’t quite so deadly.

[Students shouting].