By Amanda Anderson
BREVARD -- Expand your horizons, and give back to your community this summer.
Brevard Community College is currently recruiting for its Summer 2013 911 Public Safety Telecommunicator Academy. Application deadline is Friday, May 17, and the program begins on June 3 at the Melbourne campus.
"The program was last offered in 2011, with state certification being required in October 2012," said Tonia Graham, criminal justice coordinator at BCC. "With the upgrade to becoming an academy program with state certification, our curriculum changed from 208 credit hours to 232 credit hours."
As a 911 public safety telecommunicator, graduates of the program will work as public safety dispatchers or 911 operators, who answer, receive, dispatch and transfer 911 calls. They are also responsible for providing real-time information from federal, state and local crime databases.
Classes for the 911 Public Safety Telecommunicator Academy begin on June 3 at the Melbourne BCC campus, and will run 32 hours a week, Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for seven weeks. Although a majority of the college is closed on Fridays, there will be classes held on two Fridays within the course period, but students will be given ample notice as to when those Fridays will be.
"Those interested in applying need to apply to BCC, as well as receive a special application from the coordinator of the program," Mrs. Graham said. "We are capping the class size at 20, due to the hands-on simulation exercises."
While enrolled in the academy, students will take classes like "The History of Public Safety," "Understanding Human Communications," "Critical Thinking and Decision Making" and "Legal Aspects of Public Safety."
"The program offered at BCC is taught by highly trained and qualified professionals working in the 911 field," Mrs. Graham said. "The starting salary for a 911 public telecommunicator in the Central Florida area is in the $11 to $14 per hour range."
For more information about the 911 Public Safety Telecommunicator Academy at BCC, call Tonia Graham at (321) 433-5695 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.