The Marion School District and the ALICE Training Institute have teamed up to bring ALICE Instructor Certification Training to Marion, on July 13-14. The course will be held at Marion High School, located at 1 Patriot Drive.

This two-day instructor certification course is open to all local businesses, churches, organizations, or anyone else who is interested. Participants will learn proactive, option-based, strategies to increase survivability in a violent critical incident. The ALICE strategies empower individuals to participate in their own survival in the gap between when a violent situation begins and when law enforcement arrives.

ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. It is considered a valuable strategy for everyone: law enforcement, schools, universities, hospitals, businesses, and places of worship. Completing the ALICE Certification Instructor course provides individuals with certification in ALICE proactive strategies and allows them the opportunity to bring those same strategies back to their organization. Additionally, registrants will gain access to exclusive ALICE resources.

“Given the current state of the world, we are thrilled at the prospect of collaborating with the ALICE Institute to provide elite training in our area,” said John Evans, director of campus security for the Marion School District. “We want to keep doing our part to provide our community members with the resources they need to save lives in the event of a disaster. We hope we will never have to use the skills we've been taught, but if we do, we want to protect and save as many lives as possible. I encourage all community partners to take advantage of this opportunity.”

ALICE is aligned with recommendations from the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Education, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and many State government agencies.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, July 13. For registration information, including cost, click here: 

About Marion Schools

With a growing enrollment of nearly 3,900 students, the Marion School District is committed to helping students develop the academic, social, and decision-making skills needed to become productive citizens in the rapidly changing technological world. For enrollment information, including information on school choice, visit or call 870-739-5100.

About ALICE Training Institute ALICE training is the original options-based response program that is designed to replace an inadequate lockdown-only response plan. ALICE addresses the fallacies of a one-size-fits-all response plan by explaining the truths and realities of Violent Critical Incidents. The reality is that extremely tragic outcomes in these events can be mitigated. They are very much survivable. Through training and empowerment, citizens can apply the ALICE proactive strategies and improve their chances of survival in any environment where they may find themselves confronted by an active shooter or violent intruder. ALICE strategies are now also mirrored and recommended by many Federal and State official guidelines. For More Information about ALICE Training Institute Contact us at