Emergency management apprenticeship program approved for FCC

An apprenticeship program proposed by Frederick Community College, which would develop a pool of potential employees in the emergency management field, has received state approval.

The Maryland Emergency Management Registered Apprenticeship Program, the first of its kind in Maryland, aims to fill a gap in the state’s emergency management workforce and provide employers with a trained pool of potential employees.

The non-traditional apprenticeship program will develop a cadre of well-rounded, experienced, trained, and educated apprentices, and makes Maryland just the second state with such a program.

The Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management, known as MACEM, partnered with FCC in proposing the program.

MACEM developed the Registered Apprenticeship program in partnership with the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s Apprenticeship and Training Program, which announced the approval.

“The creation of this first-in-Maryland emergency management apprenticeship program will help fill these vital occupations by broadening our pool of qualified candidates,” Labor Secretary Kelly Schulz said in a press release. “We welcome the opportunity to collaborate in support of Maryland’s emergency management industry.”

The program will combine academic courses with on-the-job training completed at the employer’s work site. It is geared to people looking to gain full-time employment and academic credentials in emergency management.

“We are looking for employers to work with us to develop the next generation of emergency managers,” said Kathy Francis, executive director for emergency management at FCC. “Many different professions require emergency management capabilities, and connecting motivated students with employers looking to expand their emergency management capabilities is a win-win.”

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency, University of Maryland University College, Montgomery College, and Anne Arundel Community College are also partners in the program.

By Allen Etzler aetzler@newspost.com