A-B Tech is offering a new Public Safety Administration program this fall to provide leadership training for experienced public safety professionals interested in promotion to management-level positions.
Degrees and short-term certificate programs are available in Corrections Management, EMS Management, Fire Management, Law Enforcement Management, and Public Safety Management.
Buncombe County Sheriff Quentin Miller said he has employees that are planning to take the course. “It’s paramount that we invest in our people because we are investing in our organization when we invest in our people. I want to enroll in the program myself. It gives me motivation.”
Asheville Police Chief David Zack discussed the imperative decision making that comes with leadership. “The program A-B Tech is developing is an excellent primer for officers who may want to seek a career in management in public safety,” he said.
Scott Burnette, Fire Chief of Asheville said his associate degree prepared him for his current job. “It taught me a lot about the why. The fire academy taught me the how and the associate degree taught me the why. Especially when you want to look at processes and improvement, you need to know why we do things.”
“We at A-B Tech understand that those who have a career path in public safety go through some type of basic training or academy,” said Stacy Workman, Public Safety Administration chair. “This program recognizes that achievement and gives the student credit toward the associate degree.”
The Capt. Jeff Bowen Scholarship, established in memory of Capt. Jeff Bowen, a 13-year veteran of the Asheville Fire Department, is available through A-B Tech’s College Advancement to provide funding to students seeking the Public Safety Administration degree.