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Criminal Justice Students Power Through Physical Fitness Challenge

Criminal Justice students from Metro Technology Centers and Francis Tuttle went head to head during the second annual Physical Fitness Challenge on Dec. 8.

Criminal Justice students from Metro Technology Centers and Francis Tuttle went head to head during the second annual Physical Fitness Challenge on Dec. 8. Students competed by making the best time, doing the most reps and receiving the most points given by the Oklahoma County officers who served as judges.

The battle consisted of sit-ups, push-ups, a mile run, pushing a police car and running an obstacle course that included carrying a simulated dead body. Students competed for awards and a year’s worth of bragging rights, only this year the bragging rights belong to both teams as the competition ended in a tie!

Students connected with their peers and worked with several law enforcement agencies and Oklahoma County Sherriff, John Whetsel. The OKC Police Air One helicopter made a smooth landing. Students spoke to the pilot and got an up-close look at the helicopter. The Oklahoma Army National Guard, OK Highway Patrol, OK County Bomb Unit, OKC K-9 Unit, OK County Mounted Unit, OK County Tact Team and OK County Patrol Vehicles demonstrated various aspects of their jobs.

Metro Tech Public Safety instructor, Johnnie Loudermilk, says this was an opportunity for the students to learn about different agencies and plan a more focused career path after high school. “We want to motivate the students to continue their daily workouts and encourage camaraderie with their potential coworkers,” Loudermilk said.

Since Metro Tech hosted this year’s event, other Metro Tech students got into the action. The MTC Health Careers Center wrapped sprained ankles at the First Aid booth; Culinary Arts students provided lunch; Graphic Design students designed and printed shirts and Video Production students shot video of the event.

“Adding the competition component has really pumped up the students. Now with the teams tied, it will be “game on” next year,” Loudermilk said.

By Bonnie James, Marketing Assistant, Metro Technology Centers bonnie.james@metrotech.edu

Posted Jan. 6, 2012