CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – The University of Charleston helps emergency management services professionals improve their skills to continue to be leaders in their communities.
The university launched a leadership certificate program for West Virginia EMS professionals. According to UC officials, the program is part of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s Emergency Management Services initiative, also known as “EMS WV: Answer the Call Program,” and was created to help improve the leadership skills of first responders.
UC officials say the current session of the 21-week program is currently underway, but they plan to continue the program with future sessions.
According to the university, participants will complete five seven-week courses over a 21-week period. Completing the program will earn participants an EMS leadership certificate as well as 15 college credits to apply to a leadership degree program, according to UC.
“This is the perfect opportunity to leverage UC’s deep expertise in leadership training to meet the critical need for professional growth of the state’s first responders, who we all rely on every day.” said UC President Marty Roth. “We are honored to partner with the state in this initiative.”
University officials say the program content is tailored with flexible delivery for first responders and to meet the needs of working adults. The university organizes participants into regional cohorts to engage online with industry-experienced faculty.
According to UC officials, the “EMS WV: Answering the Call” program of which the UC program is a part was designed to help attract, develop skills and retain emergency medical services professionals. to improve the quality of emergency services in the state. The program is supported by funds from the CARES Act.
“We are thrilled to offer such a robust training program to EMS professionals at no cost to them individually or to their community offices,” said Dr. Cynthia Persily, Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences at West Virginia Higher. Education Policy Commission. “The state is fortunate to have these resources and to have such a valued educational partner at the University of Charleston.”
UC offers several leadership programs for associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees with more than 1,500 working adults currently enrolled. Some of the university’s partners in the program include Toyota Manufacturing, the US Navy Seals, the US Army Rangers, the WV Department of Transportation, and the West Virginia National Guard, as well as other national organizations.