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CSJ to offer public safety administration major

RUTLAND—College of St. Joseph will add a public safety administration major to its growing list of undergraduate offerings, beginning this year.

This 127-credit, career-focused degree program will provide students with knowledge about the nature and causes of personal and property offenses in the private, corporate, and public emergency setting. In addition, the program will provide students with a strong foundation for success in practitioner settings and advanced graduate studies.

“We have added exciting new instructors to our faculty with extensive hands-on experience in both regional and international public safety careers,” said Lisa Chalidze, chair of the criminal justice division at CSJ.

Students will be educated on critical issues related to public safety administration and an understanding of the laws, programs, agencies and institutions involved in public safety.

“Hurricane Irene taught us the importance of well-planned natural-disaster response, in which our graduates will be trained. For those interested in other aspects of public safety, we will be including a strong international component in both anti-terrorism and corporate security,” Chalidze said.

Classes include topics in the nature and scope of public safety for private sector applications, environmental safety, school safety and learning environments, natural disaster response and coordination, and more.

CSJ currently has an articulation agreement with Stafford Technical Center, which offers a fast-track program in public safety services. The new degree program will dovetail with that agreement.

Public Safety Administration graduates can choose from a variety of career opportunities in various industries, including government, public and nonprofit organizations at the local, state or federal level. Individuals may find employment as public safety managers, health services managers, emergency management directors, law enforcement officers and more. Projected job growth through 2020 is 13 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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