Cross-Registration Agreement Opens Doors for Students to Take Courses Online from SUNY Ulster

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- SUNY Orange students, and residents of Orange County, interested in a career in emergency management are now able to enroll in SUNY Ulster’s existing emergency management degree program, thanks to a collaborative new cross-registration agreement between the four State University of New York community colleges in Orange, Ulster, Rockland and Sullivan counties.

Beginning with the upcoming Fall semester, courses from SUNY Ulster’s emergency management program will be available online to students from SUNY Orange, Rockland Community College and Sullivan County Community College. SUNY Ulster's online Emergency Management courses for the Fall semester will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

To register for the program, SUNY Orange students should contact the College’s OURS Consortium liaison, Sharon Ahearn, at (845) 341-4885, for forms and information. Under the agreement, students will take their core courses at their SUNY Orange while completing their emergency management requirements online.

The emergency management degree program is designed to prepare entry-level emergency managers for employment in public and private agencies that deal with local, regional and national disasters.

The program will provide an academic background for professionals in such fields as emergency planning, disaster operations and risk assessment. First responders and elected and appointed officials in local government, as well as individuals in non-profit agencies and businesses, will benefit from the program’s courses, which meet New York State and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requirements.

In September 2006, the four colleges announced the formation of the OURS Consortium an innovative collaboration aimed at bolstering the Hudson Valley’s domestic preparedness by broadening the availability of a variety of first-responder degree programs offered by the schools, including emergency management, fire protection science, paramedic services, human services and cyber security.

Graduates will be able to seek jobs with professional fire departments, police departments and emergency service organizations, as well as in private industry as emergency management specialists in the Hudson Valley and in the metropolitan area.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940