Emergency Preparedness, Informatics, Cyber and Homeland Security (EPICH)

The New Visions: Emergency Preparedness, Informatics, Cyber and Homeland Security (EPICH) program introduces students to the necessary content and skills in emerging technologies and the use of data to anticipate and manage natural and man-made disasters and security.

This half-day, seniors-only program is located on the University at Albany’s main campus in the University’s brand new, state-of-the-art ETEC building. Students will have the opportunity to complete college courses each semester. These courses are directly applicable to a variety of career pathways in cybersecurity, homeland security and emergency preparedness.

In addition to college coursework, students will learn beyond the classroom through experiential components including visiting intelligence hubs throughout the Capital Region, being introduced to professionals in the field and threat simulations where students will problem-solve and position resources in real time to protect and save lives.

Students will be supported along the way to help them successfully make the transition from high school to college-level work, providing experience to continue coursework toward a degree in either cybersecurity, homeland security or emergency preparedness. Students will exit the program with a strong understanding of modern-day technology and the relationship data has with societal hazards and disasters. View the program flyer.

Current juniors interested in applying for the New Visions: EPICH program for the 2021-22 school year may fill out an application here.

Students will focus on:

  • Leadership
  • Public administration
  • Management and problem-solving skills
  • Risk analysis
  • Ethics and cultural literacy
  • Policy making
  • Planning and innovation
  • Strategic oral and written communication
  • Systemic and critical thinking

College Courses:

  • Information in the 21st Century
  • Cybersecurity Basics
  • Introduction to Data Analytics
  • Introduction to Emergency Prep., Homeland Security and Cybersecurity

Related Career Opportunities:

  • Cybersecurity Engineer
  • Ethical Hackers
  • Computer Forensics Analyst
  • Secret Service Agent
  • Counterterrorism Analyst
  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • Civil Engineer
  • Program Manager for Response and Recovery
  • Federal Air Marshal
  • Cybercrimes Agent
  • And more

Contact Information

Kim Sparkman
Principal of Innovative Programs
kim.sparkman@questar.org
518-629-7628

Dr. Denise Fernandez-Pallozzi
Director of Career and Technical Education
denise.pallozzi@questar.org
518-479-6898

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