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Hocking College Launches Partnership for Tactical Operations Academy

by Breanna Horn on January 15, 2020

Are you interested in a career in law enforcement, executive protection or private security? Military veteran transitioning to civilian life? Looking to take your current experience to the next level?

Hocking College is proud to announce a new partnership with 88 Tactical intended to provide a pathway for those looking to earn an associate degree. The 30-day Tactical Operations Academy is worth 12 credit hours toward Hocking College’s Associate of Individual Studies Degree in Enhanced Police Science.

Learn More About The Academy's Offerings

According to 88 Tactical, the comprehensive training program “covers a wide range of instruction, from firearms and tactics to executive protection and tactical medicine.”

The course is consistent with Hocking College’s ethos of hands-on learning, focusing on real world encounters, not textbooks. The program uses “88 Tactical’s proprietary Behavior-Based Methodology.”

The academy is taught at 88 Tactical’s 160-acre training facility in Tekamah, Nebraska, which features pistol, rifle and precision rifle ranges, cabins, a bunkhouse and a large lodge.

Qualified students can also earn instructor-level certifications in High Threat Close Quarters Battle, High Threat Vehicle Engagements and Tactical Medicine. 

Tour the training facility at 88 Tactical’s Tekamah, Nebraska training facility.

The first Tactical Operations Academy will be held March 16-April 15, 2020.

To attend the first academy, students must register by February 14, 2020. 

How do I register?

Step 1: Apply to Hocking College under the Associate of Individualized Studies program.

Step 2: Submit your portfolio demonstrating law enforcement training and/or military service to request Credit by Advanced Standing for specific courses required for your degree.

Step 3: Complete your Associate of Individualized Studies Plan of Study with your Hocking College Advisor.

Step 4: Register for courses with your Hocking College Advisor. 

How much does it cost?

The total cost of attending the Academy including course fees, meal plan, lodging and tuition is $11,946. Course fees cover required equipment, including firearms, gear and accessories which students get to keep.

If a student would like to complete an associate degree in order to possibly qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, students must work with Lea Wandling to schedule additional classes. Tuition rates may vary depending on the courses a student chooses to complete their degree.

For more information about the military benefits, contact the Director of Veterans and Military Student Services Center, Stephen Powell by phone at 740-753-7069 or email at powells25816@hocking.edu.

For more information, visit 88tactical.com or contact:

Lea Wandling, Associate Dean, Public Safety Services

wandlingl@hocking.edu or 740-753-7188

Kurt Sorys, Training Manager

ksorys@88tactical.com or 402-933-1717 ext. 102

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