MTI First-Responders Challenge in Lakewood Ranch
LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The third annual First-Responders Challenge will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 1, at Manatee Technical Institute's Lakewood Ranch Campus, 5530 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.
Watch public safety personnel showcase their prowess. Admission is free. There will be food concessions and demonstrations by Bay Flite, Palmetto Police Department attack dog unit, Manatee County Urban Search and Rescue dogs and East Manatee County Fire Rescue emergency extrication teams. Children can be photographed wearing full firefighter turnout gear.
The event is organized by the Manatee Technical Institute Alumni Association. Proceeds will benefit the MTI Foundation, which provides scholarships to MTI students for tuition, books and uniforms.
Information: mtialumniassociation.org;, call 941-751-7900, ext. 1012, or email MTIalum@manateeschools.net.
USF to offer new hospital training courses
SARASOTA -- USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality & Technology Leadership will offer introduction to hospitality and tourism and international food and culture classes at its North Port site for the first time this spring.
Introduction to hospitality and tourism will include an overview of all hospitality fields: restaurant, lodging, meetings, conventions and expositions. It will also feature the applications of general marketing, human resources, leadership and management.
International food and culture delves into cuisines with a focus on the geographic, historic, cultural, religious and economic influences that shape food availability and consumption. Students will examine how diversity shapes cultural food patterns in the world.
The courses will are designed to open doors for students interested in careers in the culinary and hospitality fields.
Sarasota police officer wins statewide pistol match
SARASOTA -- Sarasota police officer Kim Stroud won the overall NRA Service Pistol Match at the sixth annual Instructor Training Seminar in Tallahassee by shooting 463 out of a possible 480 using her duty weapon.
The service pistol match was held at the Florida Public Safety Institute, the main law enforcement academy in Florida. The service pistol training match course was a 48-round course where each round was worth 10 points.
More than 700 law enforcement officers from across the southeast took part in the seminar.
-- Herald staff reports