Albert Ashwood receiving 1st Responder Education Award from Dr. Jeanie Webb
Rose State College’s President, Dr. Jeanie Webb, presented the First Responders Education Award to Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management Director Albert Ashwood at the Mid-Del Tinker 100 Club’s Annual Banquet. The presentation took place on April 11, 2017 at the Skirvin Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City.
The First Responders Education Award is presented to forward thinking leaders in the first responder arena who have gone above and beyond in the pursuit of furthering careers in the field.
The Oklahoma Office of Emergency Management has partnered with Rose State to develop and deliver an Emergency Management Associate’s degree program. The first of its kind in Oklahoma, the program has seen a 78% increase in enrollment in its first year.
“Rose State is honored to partner with Director Ashwood and his Department to offer a program of this magnitude,” said Dr. Jeanie Webb. “Director Ashwood’s continual desire for more education in this field is a testament to his passion and Rose State is privileged to carry out his vision.”
An Associate in Science in Emergency Management is a 63 hour program containing general education and emergency management courses. The course is also offered 100% online.
Rose State and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management are breaking new ground as the Rose State degree offering is one of only 12 of its kind in the nation.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates a growth rate of 6 percent through 2024 for emergency management as an industry, on par with average growth rates. However, a 2016 Wall Street Journal article suggests that emergency management may be expanding more quickly – one of the top five expanding career fields in the country.
The Mid-Del Tinker 100 Club celebrates the men and women that serve the Midwest City, Del City and Tinker communities as first responders.