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May 2, 2011


The University of Maine at Fort Kent once again is on the cutting edge in higher education, this time as the only college or university within the state of Maine to offer a degree program in Emergency Management/Homeland Security. 

The emergency management/homeland security field is experiencing strong job growth throughout the nation, and is projected to remain a leading career opportunity for the foreseeable future.
The associate degree program is offered completely online, on-campus, or as a blended program, combining online and on-campus classes. Graduates also may rollover their entire associate degree into the University’s Rural Public Safety Administration baccalaureate program.
UMFK’s Emergency Management/Homeland Security degree program provides a liberal arts/public management background for students interested in orienting a career in public service and public safety administration. It is intended for those who wish to pursue a career in law enforcement, either as a first responder, or a supporter/resource professional. 
The program is designed to academically-prepare students with the professional skills necessary to seek employment or advancement in public service, governmental and non-governmental management and public safety, as well as in law enforcement, and the criminal justice system, on the federal, state, regional and local levels.
The Emergency Management/Homeland Security proposal enhances and complements UMFK’s highly-successful Criminal Justice and Public Safety Administration programs. The new Emergency Management courses may be used to fulfill requirements in the Criminal Justice and Public Safety programs.
The program has been designed in consultation with, and has received the endorsement of: the FEMA Director for Region 1; the director of the Maine Emergency Management Agency; the director of the Aroostook County Emergency Management Agency; FEMA Emergency Management Institute Director, Dr. Wayne Blanchard; and, Drs. Stan Supinski and Steve Recca of the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
Many of the programs included in the curriculum have been designed and written by leading authorities and higher education faculty from across the country and FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute.
Courses are taught by current UMFK faculty, as well as by other online experts, many of who have taken specialized training at nationally-recognized homeland security and emergency management institutes.