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Tech to Offer Safe Travel Abroad Course

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Starting in the fall semester, Montana Tech will offer a semester-long course that will teach people how to stay safe when traveling to foreign countries.

The course will cover everything from how to dress, recognizing health issues, and even kidnapping risks.

"We're hoping to help people recognize the threats and possibly mitigate those risks by having a little knowledge ahead of time," said Mark Gollinger, the professor from Peak Inc.

Montana Tech is teaming up with Peak Inc. to bring a course that will teach students about how to stay safe overseas.

"We're going to get into everything from how to pick your seat on an airplane to maybe getting out of some restraints such as duct tape or zip ties in case you get rolled up for a kidnapping," Gollinger said.

The semester long course will teach students things like what to pack, where to stay, how to secure possessions, traveler scams, and how to handle yourself in a different culture.

The teacher, a navy veteran, says tech is the perfect place to teach the course.

"Montana Tech graduates we figure are really at risk because the places where you’re mining and drilling for oil are usually not the nicest places."

The class will meet once a week.

It's a course that is more than just earning an A or B.

"Your final grade isn't as important as what happens when you get put into a situation where it's your life on the line,” said Gollinger. “We hope to possibly save lives."

The class will meet on Tuesday nights from 6 to 9 p.m.

There is limited space available for the general public.

To register for the class, call Mark Gollinger at 494-7999.

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