Black Hills State University will offer a graduate certificate program in Crisis Leadership and Emergency Management (CLEM) beginning in Fall 2012.

The 12-credit hour program, which will be offered entirely online to meet the needs of working adults, is designed for leaders who manage or may be required to manage critical incidents relating to transportation disasters, natural and manmade catastrophes, violent situations, terrorism and homeland security, or similar events.

The program will not only prepare students to direct action and make decisions during life-and-death situations; it will also focus on crisis prediction, prevention, mitigation, preparedness, and recovery.

Students will be able to complete the entire program in two semesters.

“This unique graduate certificate program will prepare leaders and managers charged with directing their organizations through a crisis,” said Dr. Rajeev Bukralia, dean of Educational Outreach and Libraries at BHSU.

Emergency management professionals are in high demand according to research published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Bureau projects a 20 percent growth in the number of emergency management jobs between 2008 and 2018. To address these workforce needs, BHSU launched its online master’s degree program in Strategic Leadership in 2008. The Strategic Leadership program is one of five master’s degrees offered at BHSU. The new CLEM certification will complement the Strategic Leadership program.

For more information on BHSU’s online and distance education programs, visit www.BHSU.edu/EducationalOutreach.