The Homeland Security/Public Safety program is designed to meet the ongoing needs of government agencies, students, business, and industries. The program will develop technical skills, general knowledge, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills within the fields of Homeland Security; Emergency Management; Environmental Health and Safety; Fire Science; and Public Administration, depending on electives completed. Significant changes have occurred since September 2001. The Homeland Security /Public Safety program is designed to address those changes and enhance the ability of individuals to prevent and respond safely and recover from natural or man-made disasters. This program has been carefully designed with input from employers who know the demand for emergency management. In short, careers in emergency preparedness and response and environmental health and safety are in demand. Those benefiting from the associate degree are first responders, firefighters, military personnel, corrections and law enforcement professionals, emergency managers, those in the healthcare professions, as well as corporate and government workers. Broad-based technical skills and critical thinking processes will assist in adapting to changes in the work environment and promoting successful advancement in the field. Technical Certificate programs provide education in conceptual and technical skills for specific occupations. The program content is designed to develop competency in the comprehension of general and technical skills. Certificate programs require basic reading, writing, mathematical and quantitative skills.