Centennial College enhances its Emergency Management program for fall 2008

    TORONTO, Aug. 22 /CNW/ - Responding to the growing demand for trained
emergency management professionals, Centennial College has enhanced and
expanded its novel Emergency Management Certificate program this fall.
    The executive-style program, delivered every second weekend, combines
theory and practice in preparing participants to analyze hazards and assess
risks; develop and practice plans for emergency response and recovery; design
an emergency operations centre and gain an understanding of mitigation and
prevention strategies.
    The intensive, case-based program is geared to professionals with
responsibilities that include emergency management or business continuity.
Combining theory, practice, and a high-fidelity mock disaster exercise, it
will be delivered by six seasoned practitioners, supported by guest speakers
and Centennial's newly developed collaborative decision-making game, Disaster
    "We developed the program in consultation with industry and government,
then we enhanced it using feedback from our graduates and from delegates at
the World Conference on Disaster Management in June," noted Gail Beagan, Chair
of Interprofessional Health Education and Program Development.
    The total immersion classroom program will be delivered Friday evenings
and Saturdays, every other week, over a four-month period. The format allows
busy professionals to work through the week, have alternate weekends off, and
still update or develop their knowledge and skills in a relatively short
period. Classes commence on Sept. 5.
    "The learning experience in this innovative program is based on a
philosophy of interprofessional collaboration," says Beagan. Its six
instructors, from disciplines across the disaster management spectrum, worked
together to interweave course modules that break down "the silo mentality" -
frequently cited in post-emergency debriefings as a key hurdle to effective
emergency management.
    For more information about Centennial's unique Emergency Management
Certificate program, visit: www.centennialcollege.ca/em.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: David Auger, Program Supervisor,
Centennial College, dauger2@my.centennialcollege.ca, (416) 289-5000, ext.

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