South Piedmont Community College now offers a degree designed for those seeking a career in public safety administration — or first responders aiming to take their career to the next level.
Applications are now being accepted for the Associate in Applied Science in Public Safety Administration. Classes start Aug. 14.
“This is a great program not only for those looking to get into the public safety field, but for those who are already working in public safety and want to climb the professional ladder,” said Director of Public Safety Curriculum Programs Deborah Barrett.
The program covers topics including leadership, management, budgeting, grant writing, and other skills public safety professionals need to be eligible for administrative roles.
Students learn from current public safety administrators representing agencies in Anson and Union counties, as well as the surrounding area.
In addition to real-world preparation and experienced instructors, the program allows current first responders to gain college credit for training they’ve already done on the job.
“On average, students are getting 19 hours of college credit from their previous on-the-job training,” Barrett said.
“The Public Safety Administration program is 66 hours, so most of our students are coming in one-third of the way to the degree, if not more.”
Another bonus: The degree is completely online, allowing students to balance their studies with their work schedules and family commitments.