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Guy
9 February 2006, 11:52
Just a quick heads up...we are always looking for ways to expand the industry .

What this means is that Sonoma College is a Post Secondary Partner Institution of The Steele Foundation's International Training Group™ (ITG). Sonoma College is a state-licensed and nationally accredited institution of higher education that offers an online Homeland Response and Emergency Management (HREM) associates of applied sciences degree program. Previous ITG graduates are eligible to apply to Sonoma's HREM AAS degree program and will be granted credits applicable to their degree program.

This is taken from the Sonoma Website:
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This program is specifically designed to provide in-depth knowledge and technical skills pertaining to an all-hazards approach for homeland defense and consequence management. Sonoma College is also recognized by the Department of Homeland Security as a member of the Emergency Management Institute's (EMI) Higher Education Project.

Sonoma serves as a point of entry to ITG's dynamic training programs for students choosing the Executive/Dignitary Protection Training Program (E/DPTP) externship elective. Students seeking professional development in the executive/dignitary protection arena will receive an unparalleled opportunity for a practical education that enhances an understanding of an all hazards approach to consequence management with development of individual and collective skills enabling graduates to become effective operatives in their chosen field of endeavor.

Students entering this program may attend the E/DPTP externship in their 3rd or 4th semester and will be awarded up to 12 credits for successful completion of the programs.

This exciting initiative serves as a model of collaboration between two institutions dedicated to training professionals who desire to contribute to homeland security. Graduates of this program will be contributing to homeland security as they protect America's leadership, whether private or government sector, both at home and abroad. The knowledge and skills gained through this program will enable graduates to become recognized leaders in their profession.

State and Federal student financial aid is available to qualified students.

And heres the press release:
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THE STEELE FOUNDATION'S INTERNATIONAL TRAINING GROUP™ AND SONOMA COLLEGE LAUNCH COLLABORATIVE DEGREE PROGRAM IN HOMELAND SECURITY
Professionals Can Now Earn Their Degree in Homeland Response and Emergency Management

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, January 30, 2006 --- THE STEELE FOUNDATION and Sonoma College have announced today an exclusive partnership to offer an accredited program in Homeland Response and Emergency Management (HREM) to security professionals and others who may utilize the credits earned in the program towards an undergraduate degree in HREM. The new curriculum adopts an "all-hazards approach" to security and consequence management, and combines traditional academia with practical coursework in subjects such as critical infrastructure, security management, and personal protection. Enrollment is open to all those involved in Homeland Security issues, whether working for government agencies, private corporations, law enforcement or the military. All first responders should consider this professional development program.

"The International Training Group™ has earned a reputation as a leader in educating its students with realistic and practical coursework in specialized areas of Corporate and Homeland Security." said Sonoma College CEO Charles Newman. "Sonoma College is committed to delivering a world class program to its students, and ITG™ will certainly enhance the education our students will receive."

Students are now able to earn a college degree in Homeland Response and Emergency Management by attending courses on campus or through its distant learning program which can be accessed online from anywhere in the world. A college degree is an invaluable credential in today's competitive workplace. Professional growth is critical for candidates who want to be leaders in the security and emergency management profession. The program is ideal for security professionals who are starting a new career, re-training, changing careers or upgrading their skills. In addition to offering courses to public response agencies, the HREM program provides in-depth knowledge, technical skills and education in security industry "best practices" pertaining to corporate and organizational life safety and security.

"This partnership underscores that homeland security is no longer the sole responsibility of local, state and federal agencies, but requires mutual effort between the public and private sector" said Steele's CEO Kenn Kurtz. "Combining Steele's International Training Group™ (ITG) Program with Sonoma College's curriculum represents a pivotal juncture and demonstrates the seriousness and resolve necessary to shore up the nation's preparedness in safeguarding public and private critical infrastructure."

Sonoma College offers state and federal financial assistance for eligible students and veteran's education benefits for those who qualify. For more information about student financial aid programs or to begin the financial aid application process, visit www.fafsa.ed.gov .

The next class begins February 20, 2006 with new classes starting every six weeks. For more information on Sonoma College's Homeland Response and Emergency Management (HREM) program with the International Training Group™ go to http://www.steelefoundation.com or http://www.sonomacollege.edu. Interested applicants can also send email with their complete contact information to ITGinfo@sonomacollege.edu


About The Steele Foundation

The Steele Foundation is a multinational firm providing a broad range of specialized risk management services that are designed to control loss by providing innovative and strategic business solutions. Headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Asia, The Steele Foundation services a multinational clientele of governments, corporations, individuals and non-profit organizations. The Steele Foundation was the first private firm to protect the heads of state of three sovereign nations. The professional service firm has six core business segments including Business Investigations, Executive Security, Crisis Management, Information Security, Training and Education and Behavioral Sciences.


About International Training Group™

The Steele Foundation's International Training Group™ (ITG) has established itself as the leading training institute for protective services by developing the most realistic, comprehensive and intensive training programs available in the private sector. As the leading provider of global protective services, The Steele Foundation offers unparalleled experience and subject matter expertise in the fields such as critical infrastructure assessment, surveillance detection, Executive / Dignitary Protection and Training.


About Sonoma College

Sonoma College (ticker symbol: SNMA.OB), is recognized by the United States Department of Education and is a member of the Department of Homeland Security Emergency Management Institute. Sonoma College is a private for-profit post-secondary career preparation college that offers an accredited associate of applied science degree programs in Homeland Response and Emergency Management (HREM). The HREM degree is designed for maximum educational flexibility because it is targeted toward public safety professionals and departments with busy schedules whose personnel need anytime, anyplace learning options. Sonoma College serves both full-time and part-time students offering daytime, evening, and Saturday classroom schedules "blended" with Internet classes. Significant portions of Sonoma College's academic programs are offered online in an advanced college Internet learning management system and the balance of the curricula is offered in standard residential college classrooms or in off-site residential clinic externships.

Doc P
9 February 2006, 16:23
Good to see more of this coming online. I'm enrolled in Virginia Commonwealth University's - Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness program now.

Program - http://www.has.vcu.edu/gov/Programs/HMSec.html

RAT
9 February 2006, 18:04
Just my .02 FWIW.

Unless you know you are going to stay in the military or do a job very close to FEMA I would suggest getting a more well rounded degree. Reasons are; what is homeland defense? Who is the SME on this? What are the standards for the course? When you finish the course do you have to take a GRE for grad school? ect...


I am NOT saying don't do get an education. I would just make sure that I would not get into a subject matter that would be less marketable on the streets.

Business love Lawyers, CPA's, and MBA's schooled people.

I would just hate to see a person go through all this rigamoreroar and not be able to get a job. (I know you can get your other degrees and not get a job. If I have a communication degree with my military back ground I can go security, Television, radio, print, advertising, a lot of different places. I can see that if you get too streamed lined it could hurt you trying to go other places.) Just look at the PMC business. It is drying up and people who thought they had job's for at least a year are now looking for work.

This is my opinion so flame away.

RAT OUT!!!

RAT
9 February 2006, 18:06
Double tap

Massgrunt
9 February 2006, 18:52
I skimmed. Does this mean you can use the GI BIll for ITG?

I know, I know... don't do that... but could you?

Doc P
9 February 2006, 23:10
Just my .02 FWIW.

Reasons are; what is homeland defense?

Ever evolving monster with infinite heads. IMO it's the nation's awareness of bad guys not liking us after 9/11, as well as what they will do to kill Americans. As far as Homeland jobs it's a combination of agencies, military and citizens preparing for the next natural or man-initiated disaster.

Who is the SME on this?
At my school it's this guy: http://www.has.vcu.edu/gov/psi/faculty/parrish.htm
Seems to have put in his time and was part of building this whole process.

What are the standards for the course?
See my above link as it lists courses.

When you finish the course do you have to take a GRE for grad school? ect...
No, but as with any job the more education the more marketable.

According to Col. Parrish and his discussions with folks on the Hill, or within other federal agencies the future looks good for institutionalized Homeland teaching on lessons learned and how to do things better the next time.

ilots
16 February 2006, 14:51
Texas A&M's Bush School of Government also offers a strong graduate program for Homeland Security, albeit it appears to have a different intent than the original link of this thread.

http://bush.tamu.edu/news/stories/?i=110

The Bush School has some fairly strong credentials; many of which you may already be aware.
http://bush.tamu.edu/
http://homelandsecurity.tamu.edu/

Olive Drab
16 February 2006, 16:01
Just my .02 FWIW.

Unless you know you are going to stay in the military or do a job very close to FEMA I would suggest getting a more well rounded degree. Reasons are; what is homeland defense? Who is the SME on this? What are the standards for the course? When you finish the course do you have to take a GRE for grad school? ect...


I am NOT saying don't do get an education. I would just make sure that I would not get into a subject matter that would be less marketable on the streets.

Business love Lawyers, CPA's, and MBA's schooled people.

I would just hate to see a person go through all this rigamoreroar and not be able to get a job. (I know you can get your other degrees and not get a job. If I have a communication degree with my military back ground I can go security, Television, radio, print, advertising, a lot of different places. I can see that if you get too streamed lined it could hurt you trying to go other places.) Just look at the PMC business. It is drying up and people who thought they had job's for at least a year are now looking for work.

This is my opinion so flame away.

RAT OUT!!!I agree. Schools are in business to make money and this school is using the current world climate to create this program and draw revenue for itself.

Paranutz
21 March 2006, 19:01
Sonoma College......????

I live in Sonoma County. Where is this college at? Never heard of it....

Guy
22 March 2006, 14:06
Sonoma College......????

I live in Sonoma County. Where is this college at? Never heard of it....Sonoma Campus
1304 South Point Blvd., Suite 280
Petaluma, CA 94954
707-283-0800 Toll Free: 800-437-9474
Click Here for a Map (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=1301%2BSouthpoint%2BBlvd,%2BPetaluma,%2BCA% 2B94954&hl=en)

San Francisco Campus
301 Howard Street, Suite 510
San Francisco CA, 94105
888-649-7801
415-543-1833
Click Here for a Map (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=301%2BHoward%2BStreet,%2BSan%2BFrancisco,%2 BCA,%2B94105&spn=0.021490,0.040117&hl=en)


General Information: info@sonomacollege.com
Financial Aid: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
Admissions: admissions@sonomacollege.com

Stay safe.

Cass
22 March 2006, 14:27
I concur with RAT (do I ever disagree?). A broader Degree will be applicable to more Employers. But there is a need for Homeland Security these days, and in fact there always has been. The field is Industrial Security. Not the guy at the gate that checks ID's and wears a truck driver hat. But rather the Corporate Security Director who runs all the Security for a major type of Corporation.

An Industrial Security Director must know what is in the trenches as well as what is at the Executive level to Direct a complete wrap around Security program for a large Corporation.

I have touched with many Industrial Security Directors in my time and even attended training with same. It is a Field that pays well and is in need for knowledgeable Security Specialists.

Doc P
22 March 2006, 14:50
So far in my program the private sector is being given a hard look, especially in supply chain security. Prospects I've hard of out there are right in line with what Cass said. I'm glad there is work out there, but too bad it has to exist.

ilots
23 March 2006, 12:51
But there is a need for Homeland Security these days, and in fact there always has been. The field is Industrial Security. Not the guy at the gate that checks ID's and wears a truck driver hat. But rather the Corporate Security Director who runs all the Security for a major type of Corporation.

The need is HUGE. Fulfilling it often provides numerous benefits, especially when one considers that some 85% of Critical Infrastructure is in the private sector.

The Corporate Guy
23 March 2006, 13:25
I concur with RAT (do I ever disagree?). A broader Degree will be applicable to more Employers. But there is a need for Homeland Security these days, and in fact there always has been. The field is Industrial Security. Not the guy at the gate that checks ID's and wears a truck driver hat. But rather the Corporate Security Director who runs all the Security for a major type of Corporation.

An Industrial Security Director must know what is in the trenches as well as what is at the Executive level to Direct a complete wrap around Security program for a large Corporation.

...and the types of people they are looking for is changing. Having a good military or LE background still helps, but it is no longer the edge it used to be. Companies more and more are looking for people who understand security AND business. By no means am I suggesting that a retired LEO or career military guy won't be the best person for the job, but what I am saying is it won't be simply because they have a good LEO or mil resume.

What does understanding the executive level mean? It means have a greater sensitivity to business context and organizational dynamics such as understanding how decisions are really made, how to make a (risk management-based) business case (that is not based on fear, uncertainty and doubt), understanding how security helps/hurts operations from the perspective of the operations executive, etc. etc. In addition to these softer skills, there is a need to have fundamental understanding of diverse disciplines such as business law, accounting, IT, governance, etc.

One more thing about education and degrees in business...the credibility of the program can mean everything. Again, it depends on the organization...some really don't care. But if you are working with business executives that have pedigree degrees, they place value on quality education. That doesn't mean that you need to have a degree from Stanford, Northwestern, Columbia or Penn to get in the door and do well...but it does mean you can actually hurt yourself by presenting a degree which is perceived to be weak. In any event, you should be prepared to explain your choice.

What it boils down to is that if you have strong business/management skills/experience, then pursue the security-related educational programs. If you have strong security skills/experience, then pursue the business/management educational programs. IMHO, security credentials (CPP or LEO/detective background or hi-speed mil experience, etc) + SOLID business/management/technology degree = VERY strong base.

Atrax
28 June 2011, 16:45
Sorry to bring back a thread from the dead, but I had a quick question regarding ITG and Sonoma:

If I wanted to take one of the myriad of courses offered by ITG (EP, surveillance, etc) could I use my Post 9/11 GI Bill to pay for it? If not, is anyone aware of a reputable company offering such training where this would be possible? Thanks for any guidance.

Massgrunt
28 June 2011, 18:44
I personally wouldn't spend GI Bill money an EP course even if it were possible. Will that pay off in your bank account?