Press Release

Workforce Development Center Offers Self-Defense Training for Airlines' Personnel on Dec. 11th

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Workforce Development Center at Bunker Hill Community College is offering a Crew Member Self-Defense Training (CMSDT) program for all actively employed flight and cabin crew members of U.S. passenger and cargo carriers. The one-day hands-on training course, which is free of cost to qualified crew members, will be offered on Sunday, December 11: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The CMSDT program, administered by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), is sponsored by the Transportation Security Administration’s Federal Air Marshal Service. BHCC partners with AACC to deliver the program locally in the Boston area. As the only community college offering the course in Massachusetts, BHCC plays a prominent role within the CMSDT community of more than 20 training sites nation-wide located at community colleges and participating airline training facilities.

Program benefits include:

  • Self defense tactics to avoid becoming a victim on or off the job;
  • Self confidence from the physical techniques taught and the mental framework built into the program;
  • Behavior recognition module aimed at increasing awareness of one’s surroundings, so that one is protected in the cabin and in personal situations that can arise in parking lots, hotels, etc.

Participants can attend this free program as many times as they would like to master the physical skills and build muscle memory. Instruction is provided by experienced law enforcement or military trainers following a rigorous certification program led by the Federal Air Marshal Service.

For general information on the program, For information on the BHCC training, contact Mark Wigfall at

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About Bunker Hill Community College
With more than 50 years of academic excellence, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is Massachusetts' largest community college, annually welcoming a diverse community of around 16,000 students. With campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, BHCC extends its reach across several locations in Greater Boston. The College offers associate degrees and certificates, early college and dual enrollment, community education, corporate training, and industry-specific training programs. BHCC is celebrated for its diversity, boasting a student body where 65% identify as people of color and more than half are women. The College also embraces a global perspective, with over 600 international students representing 90 countries and conversing in more than 65 languages. Our commitment to diversity is further reflected in BHCC's designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI).