Homeland Security and Emergency Management

HOMELAND SECURITY/PUBLIC SAFETY


The Homeland Security/Public Safety program is designed to meet the ongoing needs of municipalities, students, business, and industries. The program will develop technical skills, general knowledge, critical thinking, and problem solving skills within the fields of Homeland Security; Emergency Management; Environmental Health and Safety; Fire Science; and Public Administration, depending on electives completed. Significant changes have occurred since September 2001. The Homeland Security /Public Safety program is designed to address those changes and enhance the ability of individuals to prevent and respond safely and recover from natural or man-made disasters. This program has been carefully designed with input from employers who know the demand of emergency management. In short, careers in emergency preparedness and response and environmental health and safety are in demand. Those benefiting from the associate degree are first responders, firefighters, military personnel, corrections and law enforcement professionals, emergency managers, those in the health care professions, as well as corporate and government workers. Broad-based technical skills and critical thinking processes will assist in adapting to changes in the work environment and promoting successful advancement in the field.


Homeland Security and Emergency Management: Prepares students to work as first responders, firefighters, military personnel, corrections and law enforcement professionals, emergency managers, as well as corporate and government workers.

Environmental Health and Safety: Prepares students to work in state and local agencies, waste water facilities, private companies and labs where personnel often test samples in lab environments, monitor air and water quality and advise on nature conservation strategies, site management, species protection, development, and pest control.

Fire Science: Prepares students to work in public and industrial fire departments and at airports and fire protection agencies where personnel often respond to and extinguish fires, operate emergency equipment and investigate fires.

Public Administration: Prepares students to work in local, city and state government agencies in support of city managers or other public administrators.


Homeland Security/Public Safety Program Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate critical and creative thinking.
  • Recognize and understand cultural and individual differences.
  • Recognize and understand social, political, civic, and environmental responsibilities relative to our society.
  • Apply basic scientific concepts in a variety of settings.
  • Communicate effectively in written, oral, symbolic forms.
  • Exhibit quantitative literacy.
  • Apply ethical reasoning.
  • Demonstrate the acquisition and use of information.
  • Demonstrate skills for a career or promotional advancement in public safety industries.
  • Utilize and maintain appropriate equipment and materials.
  • Identify and apply all appropriate industry standards.
  • Discuss historical development, contemporary progress, cultural value, and social ramifications of modern public safety administration practices.
  • Integrate training in leadership and management applications to prepare the public safety student to make sound value judgments.
  • Demonstrate competencies that enable current and future public safety professionals to solve management problems, create strategic plans, enhance human resource potential, increase productivity, and address internal organizational issues.

Certificates:

Driver/Operator (18 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Short-term certificates are sequences of technical and professional courses that are industry focused and designed for workforce preparation. They provide access to targeted, short-term training in a discipline, and completers may sit for specific certification exams. Courses in certificate programs also apply toward technical certificates and associate degree programs in the subject area.

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Fire Prevention (18 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Short-term certificates are sequences of technical and professional courses that are industry focused and designed for workforce preparation. They provide access to targeted, short-term training in a discipline, and completers may sit for specific certification exams. Courses in certificate programs also apply toward technical certificates and associate degree programs in the subject area.

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Fire Service Administration (21 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Short-term certificates are sequences of technical and professional courses that are industry focused and designed for workforce preparation. They provide access to targeted, short-term training in a discipline, and completers may sit for specific certification exams. Courses in certificate programs also apply toward technical certificates and associate degree programs in the subject area.

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Hazardous Materials (21 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Short-term certificates are sequences of technical and professional courses that are industry focused and designed for workforce preparation. They provide access to targeted, short-term training in a discipline, and completers may sit for specific certification exams. Courses in certificate programs also apply toward technical certificates and associate degree programs in the subject area.

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Technical Certificates:

Technical Certificate (31 credit hours = 2-3 semesters)

The Technical Certificate in Homeland Security/Public Safety can be earned on the way to acquiring the Associate of Applied Science degree. Many available jobs require advanced education beyond the high school diploma. Technical Certificate programs provide education in conceptual and technical skills for specific occupations. The program content is designed to develop competency in the comprehension of general and technical skills. Certificate programs require mastery of basic reading, writing, mathematical and quantitative skills.

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Electives

Your advisor will help you select electives for your program. Statewide electives, Transfer General Education Core (TGEC) electives, and Transfer Cluster electives vary by degree.

This course schedule is based on full-time attendance for students who have demonstrated college readiness. Please review our course schedules for full-time with college prep courses.

Degrees:

Associate of Applied Science (60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Homeland Security/Public Safety will give you the knowledge and skills for career entry or advancement in a current job. Associate of Applied Science degree programs are two-year programs that prepare students for careers, career changes and career advancement. Students who need to take longer to complete the degree because of job or family obligations can take the program over a longer period of time. AAS programs may also prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. These programs offer education in recognized technical areas and specialties with emphasis on analysis, synthesis and evaluation. The program content, which is approximately 30% general education and 70% professional/technical, provides depth and breadth in conceptual and professional/technical skills. The general education courses equip students with the problem solving, communications, scientific and mathematical skills to compete successfully in the job market. Professional/technical courses equip students with the skills to obtain employment and to advance in the workforce.

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Associate of Science (60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

The Associate of Science degree prepares you for transfer to a university to pursue a baccalaureate degree.

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Transfer Options

To find out information about your transfer options to public and private universities, contact your academic advisor or the Transfer Office at your local Ivy Tech campus. You are also encouraged to contact the university in which you plan to transfer.

This course schedule is based on full-time attendance for students who have demonstrated college readiness. Please review our course schedules for full-time with college prep courses, part-time and part-time with college prep courses.

NOTE: The number of credits required for a degree or certificate is based on students who are program-ready and does not include College Prep courses. Availability of degrees and certificates varies by campus.

Homeland Security/Public Safety programs are offered at the following Ivy Tech campuses:

Bloomington

Program Summary (pdf)

Contact:
Darlene Hooten-Polley
Program Chair: Public Safety / Paramedic Science
(812) 330-6115
dhooten1@ivytech.edu

Central Indiana (Indianapolis)
Contact:
Tim Faulk, Chair
(317) 916-7558
tfaulk@ivytech.edu

Kokomo (Kokomo)
Chief Jeffrey Hayes, EMT-PI, AS, BS
Program Chair, Homeland Security and Public Safety
1313 Touby Pike
Kokomo, IN  46901
jhayes78@ivytech.edu
765-459-0561, ext 746

North Central (South Bend)
Northeast (Fort Wayne)
Contact:
Harold McCard, Program Chair
260-439-8387
hmccard@ivytech.edu


Environmental Technology certificate program

Ivy Tech-Northeast offers a certificate in Environmental Technology due to an awarded grant by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration as part of the National STEM Consortium. Courses for the program begin in January 2013. Interested individuals can train for a new career in as little as one year and work toward industry certifications from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Recipients of the certificate would qualify for jobs such as HazMat, safety and health technicians and water quality technicians.

Students will learn to succeed on the job with:

  • Environmental activities that build critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Hands-on, skills-based projects
  • Convenient, compressed schedule
  • Flexible “hybrid delivery” via classroom and online instruction
  • Foundation skills to build success
  • Business skills in communication, resumé writing, and interview techniques

This U.S. Department of Labor grant targets workers who have lost their job due to the adverse effects of foreign trade, and other unemployed and underemployed workers. Veterans receive priority of service. Programs are eligible for financial aid: Trade Adjustment Assistance, Workforce Investment Act, Pell Grants.

Contact:
Harold McCard, Program Chair
260-439-8387
hmccard@ivytech.edu

Northwest (Gary)
Southwest (Evansville)

  • Local Emergency Management Agencies
  • Local Indiana Fire Departments

  • Environmental Science and Protection Technician
  • Firefighter
  • First Line Supervisor of Firefighting and Prevention Workers
  • Public Safety Specialist
  • Environmental Safety Specialist