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New program supports national priority

Monroe Community College has developed a one-year homeland security certificate program to prepare 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 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.

For more information, call the admissions office at (585) 292-2200 or visit Deadline for admissions application is Aug. 18; classes begin Sept. 2.