ERIC Number: ED493532
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 15
First Responders: Community Colleges on the Front Line of Security
American Association of Community Colleges
Although homeland security has gained prominence as a national focus and investment, it is clear that much of the most effective preparation must begin at local, state, and regional levels. This report reveals that an astonishing number of community colleges offer degree and certificate programs for first responders--law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians--as well as myriad other important programs for nurses, allied health professionals, utility workers, and more. What this report documents is the central role community colleges are equipped to play and are quickly moving to assume in that preparation. Their responsiveness to community needs, their history of training in homeland security fields, their involvement in community planning and resource sharing, and their track record for high-quality training of first and second responders truly place them on the front line of homeland security. Appended are: (1) AACC Survey on Homeland Security and Related Issues (2004); (2) Survey Participants; and (3) American Association of Community Colleges 2004 Ad Hoc Task Force on Homeland Security.
Descriptors: National Security, Community Colleges, Partnerships in Education, Crisis Management, School Surveys, Professional Education, School Community Relationship, Outreach Programs, Educational Facilities, Computer Security
American Association of Community Colleges. One Dupont Circle NW Suite 410, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-728-0200; Fax: 202-833-2467; Web site: http://www.aacc.nche.edu
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Sponsor: AT&T Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.