Mercy College and Putnam County have partnered to form the Leadership Alliance, which provides educational programs for Putnam County leaders. The Leadership Alliance is open to leaders in county government, municipal departments, school districts and private businesses, and will be taught by former leaders from the private and public sectors who are now professors at Mercy College.
The Leadership Alliance will get under way with two programs, according to a press release from Mercy College. First, Mercy College will offer a 12-month program, starting in October 2013, where students will earn a master’s degree in organizational leadership focused on emergency management and security. As part of the program Mercy College professors will assist Putnam County leaders in developing the County’s Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan will identify risk, develop mitigation plans, preparedness plans and response plans.
Second, in January 2014, Mercy College will begin offering a certificate program in corporate and homeland security to Putnam County community leaders. The program will provide 15 undergraduate credits toward a bachelor’s degree. The certificate program will run concurrently with the master’s degree program and will also be integrated with the multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for leaders in Putnam County to collaborate with our faculty of former business and community leaders to tackle some of the county’s challenging issues,” Mercy College School of Business Dean Dr. Ed Weis said in the release.
Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell stated, “My administration is looking to the future. This public-private partnership with Mercy College is an unprecedented opportunity. As I promised, we are bringing higher education to Putnam County. We are excited about the high level of interest expressed so far in these programs. In this day in age, disaster preparedness skills are essential. The training being offered will insure we have a critically trained team of first responders in place. We are thrilled to be able to offer an in-house means for Putnam County leaders to further educate themselves within our borders.”
Courses will begin Oct. 2 at the Putnam County Emergency Services Training and Operations Center in Carmel.