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New Program Supports National Priority

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MCC’s Homeland Security Management Institute offers for-credit courses for first time in its history

ROCHESTER, N.Y. –July 16, 2014– As businesses, organizations and governments invest more heavily in homeland security and emergency preparedness to better handle catastrophic events, employment opportunities in the industry are expected to increase across many different fields within the public and private sectors.

Demand for expertise in homeland security and emergency management has increased over the past decade across the U.S. and is projected to grow by 22 percent over the next five years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Recognizing growth in the homeland security job market, Monroe Community College has developed a one-year homeland security certificate program that prepares individuals to effectively prevent and respond to a broad range of incidents — from cyberattacks and acts of violence to terrorism and other manmade disasters.

Program participants get an overview of historical and current threats to homeland security and become trained in developing strategies to combat them and in deploying countermeasures.

The curriculum also covers natural disasters and examines an integrated emergency management system intended to serve all government levels.

The program benefits anyone interested in developing a solid foundation in homeland security and emergency management, including new high school graduates, returning military veterans, incumbent workers, public safety professionals seeking new skills, and displaced workers.

Graduates will be prepared for immediate employment in a wide range of positions — such as safety and compliance, enforcement, investigations, and dispatch and communications — within the public and private sectors. The fastest-growing careers within the homeland security industry include emergency management specialists, computer security specialists, security managers, airport screeners, private investigators and first responders.

The top employers of emergency management specialists in general are local and state governments, hospitals, power generation and supply services, and emergency and other relief services, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The certificate program is approved by the State University of New York and registered by New York State Education Department. It will be offered beginning this fall on MCC’s Brighton Campus, 1000 E. Henrietta Road, through MCC’s Homeland Security Management Institute (HSMI).

Since its inception in 2003, HSMI has provided noncredit education and training related to emergency management and homeland security. Starting in fall 2014, it is expanding its offerings into for-credit courses to meet the needs of diverse learners.

For more information about the program and/or to enroll, call the Admissions office at (585) 292-2200 or visit www.monroecc.edu/go/hsmi. Deadline for admissions application is Aug. 18; classes begin on Sept. 2.

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