The Garden City Community College Department of Public Safety has scheduled a new series of classes for local and area residents who want to qualify for a Kansas Concealed Carry Handgun permit, a basic firearms course for women and a personal safety course for men and women.

A one-day Kansas Concealed Carry course, which prepares individuals to make application to the state for a permit, will be offered 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the John Collins Vocational Building. The course also will be held Nov. 16.

The course is conducted periodically in partnership with the Sand and Sage Rifle and Pistol Club. Sanctioned by the Office of the Kansas Attorney General, it uses instructors certified by the National Rifle Association.

Successful completion meets training requirements to qualify for the permit. Permit application is open at the website of the Kansas Attorney General, www.ksag.org, or any Kansas sheriff's office.

Instruction includes a review of firearm basics and safe handling of firearms, and also covers criminal and civil legal issues, citizen responsibility and interaction with law enforcement. The cost is $125 per person.

GCCC also is offering the NRA's Women on Target basic firearms class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26. The class covers the use of handguns, rifles and shotguns, including live-fire instruction and practice on the Sand and Sage range, weather permitting.

Upon completion, a participant should be able to select, clean and store a firearm, understand ammunition, and know how to safely load, unload and fire a gun. Certificates will be awarded to participants who successfully complete the course, which costs $70.

A new personal protection class, Refuse to be a Victim, is available for local and area residents who want to ensure their personal safety and improve crime prevention.

The one-day course will be offered 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 in the John Collins Vocational Building. Instruction includes information about psychology of the criminal mind, home and phone security, automobile and travel security, personal and technological security, self-defense devices and basic self-defense techniques. The cost is $45 per person.

Courses will take place only with sufficient enrollment. Pre-registration is available by contacting team-t@team-t.org or 276-9629, and information is available at www.team-t.org.