Homeland Security 1 of 3 New Graduate Programs

Leadership programs in Homeland Security, Emergency Preparedness and Nuclear Power Administration to start in fall 2007

Siena Heights University is partnering with federal, state and local officials to offer a trio of three new graduate programs focusing on making our country safer and more secure.


Siena Heights announced it will begin graduate leadership programs in Homeland Security, Emergency Preparedness and Nuclear Power Administration starting in the fall 2007. According to Dean of the Graduate College C. Patrick Palmer, the programs fit Siena Heights’ mission to make the world more competent, purposeful and ethical.


“There is a very strong ethical component to the programs,” said Palmer, a former consultant with state and federal agencies, including the FBI. “Homeland security is working to keep our country safe from outside threats. Emergency preparedness is dealing with those disasters, both manmade and natural, that come our way. And nuclear power is the most environmentally friendly energy provider we can have.”


The Homeland Security program will be run under the certification of the prestigious Naval Postgraduate School. Siena Heights is one of approximately 20 institutions nationwide – and the only one in Michigan – to be accepted into the program, which is targeted to individuals who have five or more years of professional work experience in law enforcement or criminal justice.


Siena Heights has full access to their curriculum and their virtual library,” Palmer said of the Naval Postgraduate School affiliation.


Those pursuing careers in the FBI, CIA, Homeland Security, immigration and customs – even private security – are strong candidates for the Homeland Security concentration, Palmer said. The program consists of 36 hours – 18 in Siena’s leadership core, and 18 hours of technical courses that are the same the Naval Postgraduate School offers.


“I plan on hiring the same professionals (as the Naval Postgraduate School) to come in and teach (at Siena Heights),” Palmer said.


Emergency Preparedness was designed and developed with the assistance of state and local emergency management professionals, who indicated there was a need for such a program, Palmer said. EP will provide education in a specialized area for emergency, environmental, safety and security managers in industry and the public sector. It is intended for corporate emergency managers, corporate employees who interact with state and local agencies during an emergency, security and safety managers and those serving as members of a threat management or crisis management team.


Nuclear Power Administration is proposed for individuals who are employed by nuclear power plants. The concentration focuses on the personal and professional development of the individual as a facilitator, supervisor, director, training instructor, project manager or upper level executive.


All three programs will be offered in 10-week increments, with three sessions offered over the course of the calendar year.


“We believe Siena Heights is uniquely positioned to respond to a growing need, not only in our community, but in our nation,” Palmer said. “With all that’s happening in our world today, these programs will provide the training to prepare our future law enforcement and emergency management leaders.”


For more information on these or any other graduate programs at Siena Heights, please call 1-877-438-1596 or 517-264-7665. More details can also be found by visiting the web site at www.sienaheights.edu.



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