Special to the Register
Eastern Kentucky University’s baccalaureate degree program in Safety, Security and Emergency Management ranks among the nation’s “Top 25 Public Safety College Degree Programs,” according to the online publication Safe Sound Family.
“Schools that made our list offer public safety degree programs with a thorough foundation in core leadership and management competencies needed to turn today’s students into tomorrow’s public safety leaders,” according to an article on the Safe Sound Family website, safesoundfamily.com/blog/top-25-public-safety-degrees.
“We looked at programs that have earned recognition from outside ranking institutions, such as U.S. News and World Report, and affiliations with leading industry organizations, such as the Homeland Security Educational Consortium Association.
“There’s a growing need for leaders within the broad segment of public safety,” the article states. “Professionals with both workforce skills and leadership qualities are needed to coordinate and manage the efforts of fire and police safety organizations, disaster preparedness and management and homeland security entities. Tomorrow’s public safety leaders are those who have developed a foundation in communication, critical thinking, planning and leadership, financial management and operations.”
The 25 listed by Safe Sound Family are not ranked in any order.
“The primary reason for our success is the passion and subject matter expertise of our outstanding faculty,” said Dr. Larry Collins, associate dean, School of Safety, Security and Emergency Management, in EKU’s College of Justice & Safety. “Every SSEM faculty member came here to teach and prepare future professionals. It’s their way of giving back to the profession that has enabled them to be so successful. You don’t just attend EKU. You become part of a huge community and network of like-minded and prepared professionals.”
EKU offers on-campus bachelor’s degree programs in Emergency Medical Care; Fire Protection Administration; Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation; Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology; Homeland Security; Occupational Safety; and the Traffic Safety Institute.
Of those, four programs are also offered in their entirety online: Fire Protection Administration, Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology, Homeland Security, and Occupational Safety. Beginning in Fall 2013, Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation will also be available online.
In addition, EKU’s Safety, Security and Emergency Management master’s degree program, the only one of its kind nationally, is available both on campus and online. The curriculum places students at the forefront of the industry and prepares them for executive-level positions. The newly revised master’s degree curriculum includes options for a concentration in Homeland Security, Occupational Safety, Fire and Emergency Services, Ergonomics, Labor and Employment and Emergency Management.
For more details about all the opportunities available through EKU’s Safety, Security and Emergency Management Program, visit ssem.eku.edu.
Safe Sound Family, owned by RKT Publishing, LLC, is a publishing resource focused on providing “high-quality, trustworthy information” about home security systems and family safety.