About the Degree
General Education Requirements
The Emergency Management program will prepare you to be an effective leader before, during, and after any local, statewide, or national emergency. In this program, you will develop skills in leadership, emergency planning, critical decision-making and problem-solving, effective communication, and the management of community resources to effectively respond to emergencies and disasters.
+This program can be completed fully online.
Graduates of the Emergency Management program will be able to:
- describe the process of developing personnel, safety and fiscal management plans and procedures that mitigate a wide variety of emergency situations;
- apply principles and protocols of incident management through case studies and simulations;
- demonstrate effective communication, team-building, critical thinking, and decision making in diverse settings;
- explain potential impacts of natural disasters and acts of terrorism on local, state, national and international levels;
- demonstrate academic skills required of all CCV graduates, including competency in writing, information literacy, oral communication, and quantitative reasoning; and
- explore pathways for educational and career development in the student’s field of study.
The Emergency Management program is great for you if:
- you are interested in working with diverse groups of people;
- you are interested in learning effective strategies for fostering communication, teamwork, and leadership in diverse settings;
- you possess strong skills in the areas of planning and organization, systems thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making;
- you are interested in a career in the emerging field of Homeland Security and emergency management leadership; and
- you want to build your skills in emergency management as a working professional in business or industry, the military, public administration, at a community agency, or in public safety and risk management.
Key information and advice for students in the Emergency Management program:
- Program coursework will prepare students to complete the Associate Emergency Manager (AEM) certification examination with a passing score.
- In Vermont, most full-time, entry-level emergency management positions are in the field of facilities maintenance.
- Students interested in full-time work other than facilities maintenance will need to diversify their training and skills specific to a certain field. In many instances, emergency management will constitute one piece of a broader position.
- Possible bachelor’s options for students looking to diversify their training include business, political science, public administration, criminal justice, fire and occupational safety, computer science, engineering, and environmental science.
- Students who already have professional experience in emergency management may use CCV’s Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) process to request equivalent credit.
- Federal agencies and Department of Homeland Security may require a criminal background check for employees in this field. Having a criminal record may prevent a student from employment.
The Emergency Management program prepares you for careers such as:
- Risk Management Coordinator
- Industrial/Occupational Safety Engineer
- Regional Planning – County Emergency Management Coordinator
- Emergency Management Planner
- Facility Security Specialist
- Loss Prevention Specialist (for private industry)
- Vermont Health Department Emergency Planner
Job outlook for Emergency Management in the state of Vermont:
Projected Growth (10 Yrs)
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|Emergency Management Specialist**
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|Protective Services Supervisor**
*Vermont Department of Human Resources, http://humanresources.vermont.gov/
**Vermont Department of Labor, http://www.vtlmi.info/oic.cfm
For more information about special transfer agreements between CCV and other colleges, visit our transfer page.
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