Emergency Management

Associate of Applied Science

Division: Business, Social and Behavioral Science, and Professional/Public Service

Division Chair: Kristie deRuiter, kderuite@sunyrockland.edu

Department Chair: Kevin Barrett, kbarret4@sunyrockland.edu

Discipline Coordinator: John Vespucci, jvespucc@sunyrockland.edu

Department Support Staff: Collette Gercken, cgercken@sunyrockland.edu

Department Office: Technology Center, Room 8240, Phone: 845-574-4298

Why Study Emergency Management?

The AAS in Emergency Management is a joint degree program with Ulster, Orange, and Sullivan County Community Colleges and will prepare students to react and be effective before, during and after any local, state or national emergency. This program meets the New York State and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) education and training requirements.

Degrees Offered:

Occupational Objectives:

The AAS degree in Emergency Management will prepare students for positions in public or private sector agencies and organizations that deal with the effects of disasters. Students who complete the program can obtain entry-level positions in government, health care agencies, transportation and more. However, if students decide to further their education at the baccalaureate level, additional general education courses will need to be completed at the transferring institution.

5 Top Reasons

To Study Emergency Management at RCC:

  1. FACULTY: Learn from instructors with the rare combination of practical work experience in the field and advanced academic degrees.
  2. VALUE: Affordable tuition for a quality education. Scholarships, financial aid.
  3. CONVENIENT: Many courses are offered online; flexible course scheduling.
  4. TRANSFER: Agreements with many four-year colleges for seamless transfer to pursue multiple bachelor’s degree options.
  5. SUPPORT: Small class sizes, individual attention, free tutoring.

Opportunities at Rockland Community College:

There are more than 40 student clubs with special interests and socializing opportunities. Activities include sports, student government, and clubs like Robotics, Video Game & Animé, Chess, Computers, Art, Christian Fellowship, Environment, Haitian, Habitat for Humanity, Hillel, and Outlook, the award-winning student newspaper.

Program Goals:

The degree provides a rigorous and dynamic interdisciplinary education that will attract, motivate and prepare students for the challenges facing the field of emergency management. In addition, students will develop the knowledge, experience, and critical decision-making and communication skills needed to respond appropriately to emergency and disaster situations.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Understand the emergency management content areas and the emergency management operating guidelines
  • Develop the necessary skills required to function within the New York State and National Incident Management System
  • Understand the cost and benefits actions and evaluate possible alternatives
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, communication and management skills