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The Development of Emergency Management Technology Program atJackson State UniversityDisaster takes many forms: an earthquake, a fire, a flood, a hurricane, a tornado, a hazardouschemical spill, a radiological accident, or anything else where people are at risk. Natural disastersand man-made calamities occur anytime, anywhere. Every year, millions of Americans facedisaster and its terrifying consequences. These events pose great threats to public security. Theneed for specialists in the field of emergency management has never been greater. Those in thefield of emergency management must have adequate training, experience and education.Department of Technology at Jackson State University (JSU) already has a few courses related toit. However, there is still a need to create a concentration in Emergency ManagementTechnology to well prepare our students as Emergency Management professionals.During the Spring of 2010, JSU’s Technology Department was selected to receive a grant fromthe US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for establishing an Emergency ManagementTechnology (EMT) program. The Emergency Management Technology concentration providesstudents with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills of this rapidly expanding field. Abachelor degree with a major in Emergency Management Technology requires the successfulcompletion of 124 credits of coursework, including 39 credits for the major; 64 credits in generaleducation requirements; and 21 credits in the minor, electives and other degree requirements.The curriculum focuses on such topics as emergency planning, incident command, disasterresponse and recovery, hazard identification and mitigation, agency coordination, homelandsecurity, and community emergency training. A capstone project provides the opportunity toapply and demonstrate emergency management skills gained during the course of the program.Our region needs a skilled workforce capable of handling emergency operations and ensuringhomeland security and public safety. Therefore, the establishment of this EmergencyManagement Technology program has met the increased student and local community demands.In September 2011, JSU’s Technology Department received another grant from the Departmentof Homeland Security, through its Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics CareerDevelopment Grants program. This grant will enable JSU to award scholarships to qualifiedundergraduate students in homeland security related science, technology, engineering, andmathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines who intend to pursue homeland security careers. The grantwill help students find employment in Homeland Security, while providing them with uniquetravel and internship opportunities.
Shih, H., & Skelton, G. W., & Yuan, P., & Buck, J., & Williams, B. M. (2012, June), The Development of Emergency Management Technology Program at Jackson State University Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/22047
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