Program Will Prepare Graduates for Careers in Emergency Planning, Disaster Operations and Risk Assessment

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – The Hudson Valley Educational Consortium announces it will be offering the first two courses of an emergency management degree program beginning this fall, enabling students in the region to have the option of earning an emergency management associate’s degree at one of four community colleges in the area.

Utilizing the emergency management curriculum at SUNY Ulster, the Consortium is now able to offer the same degree to students at SUNY Sullivan, SUNY Orange and SUNY Rockland via an innovative agreement that brings emergency preparedness programs to students in those four counties.

The beauty of the Consortium programming is that students who attend those four colleges can remain at their “home” campus yet gain the benefits of programs offered by the other colleges. Students take the general education and elective courses offered at their local campus and then enroll in degree-specific courses delivered either online or via a video-teleconference system that links classrooms at the four schools into one interactive learning environment.

The emergency management degree provides an academic background for professionals in emergency planning, disaster operations and risk assessment. Graduates will be able to seek jobs with professional fire departments, police departments and emergency service organizations, as well as in private industry as emergency management specialists.

“The Hudson Valley Educational Consortium provides exciting new avenues for learning and expanded opportunities for training in the field of emergency management,” said Katherine Boxer, consortium director. “Over the upcoming months, upon approval of the State Education Department, the Consortium endeavors to add cyber security, paramedic and fire science programs to our scope of degrees.”

Beginning August 24, the Principles of Emergency Management and Critical Incident Management online courses will be available to Hudson Valley students. The courses will begin slightly ahead of the semester start dates at SUNY Sullivan (Aug. 26), SUNY Orange (Aug. 31) and SUNY Rockland (Sept. 1). These online emergency management courses meet New York State and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requirements.

The Hudson Valley Educational Consortium is an innovative collaboration among four of the area’s community colleges aimed at bolstering the Hudson Valley’s domestic preparedness by broadening the availability of a variety of emergency response related degree programs offered by the schools. The participating community colleges are Orange, Ulster, Rockland and Sullivan.

For more information on the emergency management degree program or to enroll in either of the online courses this fall, prospective students are encouraged to contact their “home” college’s Admissions Office. For information on the Consortium, contact Director Katherine Boxer at (845) 341-4959.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940