New Degree Info

January 11, 2010

Michelle Hernandez comes from a law enforcement family - her dad and a brother are police officers - and she plans to make it her career, too.

Michelle Hernandez comes from a law enforcement family - her dad and a brother are police officers - and she plans to make it her career, too. The 21-year-old Cary resident already holds two associate degrees and has hands-on experience in the form of internships at two Chicago-area police departments. But there's one thing Hernandez doesn't have that she says would prove invaluable as she pursues her career: a bachelor's degree in public safety. Her alma mater, Harper College, now has an answer. Hernandez was one of more than a dozen potential students who attended a December information session on the new public safety bachelor's degree being offered by Northern Illinois University on the Harper College campus. Another session is scheduled for 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 13 in room W218 in the Wojcik Conference Center on Harper's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. The session will explain the basics of the new degree, formed this fall through a partnership between the two institutions, and provide details on tuition and financial assistance. "I know that having a bachelor's degree will do nothing but help me once I'm working in the field," says Hernandez, who is in the process of applying to police departments. "Obtaining this degree with this new program seems like an affordable and convenient way to achieve my goals." The new NIU degree, a Bachelor of Science in Applied Management (BSAM) with an emphasis in Public Safety, can be completed entirely on Harper's Palatine campus. Courses address homeland security and disaster preparedness, communications, ethics, budgeting and management theory, with an eye on giving police officers, firefighters and other first responders the skills and knowledge they need to excel in their careers. The degree is designed both for people like Hernandez -  who hold a college degree and have experience, perhaps extensive, in the field - and those with no law enforcement background and no previous college credit. To RSVP for an information session, or for more information, visit www.harpercollege.edu or call 847.925.6081.

 

Media Note: Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend. Reporters interested in interviewing Michelle Hernandez or other potential students in the new degree program can contact Media Relations Specialist Erin Brooks, 847.925.6159, kpohl@harpercollege.edu.