Public Safety

PUBLIC SAFETY

The Public Safety program is designed to meet the ongoing needs of municipalities, students, business, and industries. The program will develop your technical skills, general knowledge, critical thinking, and problem solving abilities. Broad-based technical skills and critical thinking processes will assist you in adapting to changes in the work environment and promoting successful advancement on the job.

Through your choice of electives, you can study:

Environmental Health and Safety: You will be prepared to work in state and local agencies, waste water facilities, private companies and labs where they 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: You will be prepared to work in public and industrial fire departments and at airports and fire protection agencies where they often respond to and put out fires, operate emergency equipment and investigate fires.

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

Public Administration: You will be prepared to work in local, city and state government agencies where you might support city managers or other public administrators.

Certificates:

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.

Driver/Operator (18 credit hours)

Completion of the Public Safety - Driver/Operator Certificate leads to taking the National Fire Protection Association Driver/Operator Exam, Indiana Department of Homeland Security First Responder Certification Exam, Fire Officer Strategy and Tactics Exam, and/or employment in a fire science profession, and/or completion of an associate degree.

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Fire Prevention and Investigation (18 credit hours)

Completion of the Public Safety - Fire Prevention and Investigation Certificate leads to taking the National Fire Protection Association Inspector I & Inspector II, the National Fire Protection Association Investigator I, the National Fire Protection Association Officer I & Officer II Certification Exams, employment in an arson, insurance adjuster, fire investigator or other fire science professions, and/or completion of an associate degree.

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Fire Service Administration (18 credit hours)

Completion of the Public Safety - Fire Service Administration Certificate leads to taking a National Fire Protection Association Fire Officer I and Fire Officer II Certification Exams, employment in a fire science profession, and/or completion of an associate degree.

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Hazardous Materials (19 credit hours)

Completion of the Public Safety - Hazardous Materials Certificate leads to taking the National Fire Protection Association Awareness, Operations and/or Technician Certification Exams, employment in a public safety related profession, and/or completion of an associate degree.

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Technical Certificate (31 credit hours = 2 semesters)

The Technical Certificate in 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.

 

Degrees:

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

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) 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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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.

 

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.

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) 330-6122
dhooten1@ivytech.edu

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

Concentrations offered by Indianapolis region:

  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Fire Science
  • Public Administration
Kokomo (Kokomo)
Contact
Paul Edwards, program chair
800-459-0561, ext. 746
North Central (South Bend)
For more information contact Jon Whitmar at 574-289-7001, ext. 6344 or jwhitmar@ivytech.edu.
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)
Public Safety Program Chair

   Michael Worosz
   Gary Campus
   (219)981-4432

Regional Curriculum Guides
Southwest (Evansville)
Public Safety Program Summary

Criminal Justice Program Summary

For more information, please contact Chris Kiefer, Program Chair, at (812) 429-1449.

  • Public Safety Specialist
  • Firefighter
  • Environmental Safety Specialist
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
  • First Line Supervisors of Firefighting and Prevention Workers

To learn more about careers and salaries in this field, check out the Career Pathway.