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FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Program
Virtual Symposium Session 2
"What's New in Emergency Management?"

September 26, 2013 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

FEMA Corps: Strengthening the Nation's Response Capacity
By Nicholas Zefran*, Kate Raftery*, Samantha Hawke*, Melissa Ventresca#, Deanne Criswell+
* AmeriCorps NCCC, # FEMA/EMI, + FEMA Corps Unit Chief

How do you develop and implement a successful partnership between two federal agencies around disaster response and recovery? How can (and does) FEMA use a workforce composed of members between the ages of 18-24 to benefit FEMA's disaster operations and ultimately the entire emergency management workforce? Hear how the Corporation for National and Community Service and FEMA surpassed the challenges surrounding the establishment of a federal partnership. Learn how their FEMA Corps experiences could be brought to the classroom, could benefit your program, and how can you recruit them!

Emergency Management Critical Thinkers: Optimizing Programs to Help New, Experienced, and Expert Leaders Enhance Marketability.
By Kathy Francis*, MS, CEM®, Bill Nash+, Douglas McDaniel*, Sam Lombardo*
* Frederick Community College, + Barton Community College

How do you develop emergency management leaders that are creative, critical, and reflective thinkers? What can programs do to provide not only intellectual challenges which parallel field knowledge, skills and abilities, but also provide a wide range of high-quality professional development opportunities to help new, experienced and expert leaders? Learn how successful programs challenge students to make connections between program studies and the real world expectations. Listen to hear how two institutions are accomplishing this objective!

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