Program Overview

The Emergency Management Certificate program at Western Wyoming Community College trains students for careers as specialists in crisis and emergency situations. Students may learn the various skills needed to coordinate disaster management activities such as preparing emergency plans and procedures while responding to emergency situations and coordinating procedures after the event. The program teaches students how to respond to various disasters such as natural, technological, and terrorist occurrences in a way that minimizes their impact upon the public. The program intends to enhance the abilities of state, local, federal, and tribal government officials as well as those in the volunteer and public/private sectors. The program also emphasizes the various elements of emergency management work together to save lives and minimize loss.

The program requires includes courses on the basic principles of emergency management as well as topics such as planning for disaster, operations centers, resource management, homeland security, and resource and recovery operations. Students will study methods used by managers to identify hazards and respond to emergencies, how to coordinate planning and response, and how to create modern emergency plans that meet local, state, and federal requirements. Other skills include learning how to find safe locations for operations as well as understanding the importance of exercise design and evaluation. 

As certificates focus on one area of study, they require less credit hours than an Associate's degree. This makes certificate programs potentially ideal for individuals who wish to hone in on one skill in order to enter into that profession or advance their current profession or knowledge base.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Western Wyoming Community College is a public, tax-supported, two-year, co-educational institution. Western Wyoming Community College, the fifth of seven community colleges in Wyoming, was established in the fall of 1959. Through the efforts of a citizens’ committee, a campaign was begun, an election was held, and the college and the original district were created. The mission of Wyoming's community colleges is "to provide access to post-secondary educational opportunities by offering broad comprehensive programs in academic as well as vocational-technical subjects." Wyoming's community colleges are low-tuition, open access institutions focusing on academic transfer programs, career and occupational programs, developmental and basic skills instruction, adult and continuing education, economic development training, public and community services programming and student support services. WWCC offers associate's degrees and certificates, many of which can be earned online.

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