Genesee Launches Homeland Security Course

To better meet the needs of local law enforcement professionals and community leaders, Genesee Community College will offer a Homeland Security course in January, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Barry Garigen reported to the Board of Trustees this evening.

The course will help students learn about public and private sector strategies to identify and combat terrorist threats. The course also covers individual and community preparedness, and disaster response, Professor Garigen said.

The semester-long course will be part of the College's Criminal Justice program. The course offers three college credits. It covers an overview of terrorism, national vulnerability, weapons of mass destruction, health implications of terrorism, the legal environment surrounding terrorism, domestic preparedness, and homeland security as it relates to citizens.

Although the course is principally geared toward students preparing for law enforcement careers, it is open to anyone in the community with an interest in the subject.

The Homeland Security course will be a valuable addition to the College's Criminal Justice degree programs, as well as a valuable community service, Professor Garigen said. "We hope that our community and region never experience an act of terrorism," he told the Board. "But the sad fact is that, in our world today, we cannot know where or when the next terrorist threat will originate. Every community, every law enforcement agency must be vigilant against acts of terror, and must be prepared to meet terrorist threats. And we must prepare ourselves in a way that does not leave citizens fearful. We believe that our new course will better prepare our graduates to fulfill these important responsibilities. Ultimately, we believe that our Homeland Security course will help protect our communities."

In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:

•Accepted two gifts of equipment to the Respiratory Care program. The first was a pulse oximeter, donated by Nellcor Puritan Bennett Inc. of California and is valued at $4,250. Students will use the device to learn how to measure the amount of oxygen carried by the blood. Pulse oximeters chart oxygenation through spectrophotometry - measuring the light waves passing through the skin. These devices also measure the heart rate. Strong Memorial Hospital of Rochester donated three items: a Hamilton Veolar Ventilator, a Sechrist Infant Ventilator, and a Bunnell Ventilator Monitor. Students will use these devices to learn different styles of ventilation and monitoring in the Respiratory Care Lab. The ventilating equipment is valued at $12,500.•Heard President Stuart Steiner report that the College has appointed Donna Rae Sutherland as Associate Director of Marketing Communications. Ms. Sutherland currently serves as Director of Communications and Institutional Marketing at Paul Smith's College in the Adirondack region. She holds a B.S. degree from Syracuse University.•Heard Dr. Steiner report that as of last Friday, the College had more than 4,800 enrollments. By the end of next week, when part-time enrollment is expected to be completed, the College will have between 5,500 and 5,700 students - a new record. Last fall, the College enrolled exactly 5,200 students.•Welcomed newly appointed trustee Maureen Marshall.