SLCC offering Homeland Security degree
The Utah Board of Regents has approved the Utah System of Higher Education’s first Homeland Security and Emergency Management associate of applied science (A.A.S.) degree at Salt Lake Community College. The degree was developed in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake, various medical institutions and other regional agencies and employers.
“We are delighted with the Board of Regents’ decision to offer the Homeland Security, Emergency Management associate of science degree. This degree will prepare graduates for positions in the collaborative world of managing the nation’s security and emergency readiness,” said Dr. Christopher Picard, SLCC Provost, in a news release. “The college is pleased to be able to help train professionals who will make our society safer.”
The new degree will prepare students for entry-level careers in the field of homeland security and emergency management. SLCC has already offered some courses that offer credit toward the degree. Students will be able to complete the program in four semesters. Resident tuition and fees are projected to be approximately $6,100 to complete the program.
Salt Lake Community and Utah Valley University have a full articulation agreement, so that students can transfer their classes and A.A.S. degree to UVU to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services Administration.
U.S. Department of Labor statistics indicate that the need for emergency management professionals, protective service workers and police and sheriff’s patrol officers is likely to increase by more than 33 percent between now and 2018. Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. data suggest that by 2021, homeland security and emergency management positions will increase by more than 60 percent in Utah.