Thursday, April 9, 2009

CCV Announces New Emergency Management Degree Program

The Community College of Vermont will begin offering a new associate degree program in Emergency Management in the fall of 2009

The Emergency Management program is one of only a few associate degree programs currently available in this field in the nation. The program will prepare students for work in the emerging area of Homeland Security and emergency management leadership. This degree works well for students just beginning their college careers as well as professionals looking to develop expertise in security for their employers or institutions Students can complete the majority of the coursework online.

Emergency Management prepares students to respond to and to be effective leaders before, during, and after any local, statewide, or national emergency. Students will develop skills in leadership, emergency planning, critical decision-making and problem- solving, effective communication, and the management of community resources to effectively respond to emergency and disasters in a crisis situation.

This particular program encourages the use of CCV’s Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) process to bring in credit for knowledge gained through life experience. Students may also be able to transfer in a block of approved training based on fieldwork and hours from a variety of protective services fields. According to Bill O’Leary, a retired lieutenant of the Vermont State Police, “It’s time for a Vermont program that educates residents of the North Country to become involved in small town and regional public safety issues.”

For more information on this new program, check out the following links:

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