By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
BREVARD -- Those who are looking for a career in law enforcement, but only have time in the evenings for class, will have the opportunity to do so this October.
Eastern Florida State College will offer a part-time 911 Public Safety Telecommunicator night academy, starting on Monday, Oct. 14 at its Melbourne campus. The academy will host classes on Mondays through Thursdays, from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"This is a great opportunity for those, who are transitioning between jobs," said Tonia Graham, criminal justice coordinator at EFSC.
As a 911 public safety telecommunicator, graduates of the program can 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.
Prior to finding a job, graduates from the academy will need to earn state certification, as the state of Florida now requires individuals to be certified before they will be considered for hire.
"Those interested in applying need to apply to EFSC, as well as receive a special application from the coordinator of the program," Mrs. Graham said.
While enrolled in the academy, students will take classes, such as "The History of Public Safety Communications," "Dealing with Stress," "Understanding Human Communications," "Call Taking," "Critical Thinking and Decision Making," "Courts and Testimony," "Legal Aspects of Public Safety" and "Emergency Management."
"The academy offered at EFSC 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."
Eastern Florida State College will offer a part-time 911 Public Safety Telecommunicator night academy, starting on Monday, Oct. 14. Classes for the academy will run Mondays through Thursdays, from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Application deadline for the program is Friday, Oct. 4.
For more information about the 911 Public Safety Telecommunicator night academy, contact Tonia Graham at email@example.com or call (321) 433-5695.