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JIBC degree helps emergency managers keep communities safe

Syblle Sanderson BESMS Graduate (2015)Sybille Sanderson is one of the first graduates of JIBC’s Bachelor of Emergency & Security Management Studies. (Photo and story by Richard Chu)


Floods, fires, and earthquakes. Bombings, hostage situations, and terrorist threats. These are just some of the scenarios that emergency management professionals have to help their communities address in today’s complex world.

JIBC has developed a number of applied, academic programs that provide the skills, theories and best practices for existing emergency management professionals, and for those looking to enter this growing field.

JIBC’s Emergency Management Division provides the full spectrum of education from one-day training courses to academic certificates, diplomas and degrees in emergency management and public safety.

Sybille Sanderson, Emergency Program Coordinator for the Cowichan Valley Regional District on Vancouver Island, is a JIBC graduate who recognized the need to be a lifelong learner to best support her community in an emergency. Since she started her career in emergency management 16 years ago, she has completed many courses offered by JIBC’s Emergency Management Division including Emergency Social Services and the Emergency Management Certificate.

In February 2015, she became one of the first graduates of JIBC’s Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies (BESMS) program.

“I always wanted to complete a bachelor’s degree, but I was looking for one that was actually going to be applicable to my field,” said Sybille. “When I heard JIBC was launching its degree, I said, ‘Sign me up!’”

The Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies is designed specifically to meet the safety, security and emergency management challenges professionals face.  read more »