Genesee Community College Justice Technology Center

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Wicka, Karen
Bushen, Jay
Sharpe, Steven C.
SUNY , State University of New York , IITG , Innovative Instructional Technology Grants , Active Learning , Collaborative Learning Technologies , Team-Based Learning , Personalized Learning , Micro Credentialing (Badging)
In this ever-changing world, a technology trained workforce is essential, especially in criminal justice. Law enforcement agencies are increasing partnering with learning institutions to ensure that prospective employees possess the necessary technological skills for employment. This application requests support for a Justice Technology Center to prepare students for the multiple technological skills necessary to maximize performance in the criminal justice field. We propose partnering internally with the Rural Police Academy, the Paralegal and Campus Safety departments, and externally with county sheriffs’ departments and with the New York Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to create a fully immersive learning environment where students actively participate in state-of-the-art training, providing opportunities for students to practice procedures in a safe environment. A 911 Simulator with a corresponding interactive curriculum will not only encourage students to utilize higher-order critical thinking but will increase enrollment and retention rates by encouraging interactive engagement in both teaching and learning. A stackable micro-credentialing certification also will be created, enabling students to complete courses earning “badges,” combine “badges” to pursue a Criminal Justice Certificate or continue to pursue a Criminal Justice A.A.S. degree. All implementation and planning processes, interactive curriculum, materials and project outcomes will be digitally shared through Open SUNY and at various academic conferences throughout the State. This Justice Technology Center will be a prototype for the creation of similar active learning environments and other emergency telecommunicator certification programs throughout the SUNY system.
With the outbreak of COVID-19, we were unable to market the project in the manner that we wanted. Our original goal was to create the accompanying curriculum and create a model to be replicated throughout the SUNY system. Our hope was to help create a state-wide training program through SUNY for Emergency Telecommunications. We were in contact with two additional SUNY community colleges interested in this project. With the changes in learning and the loss of revenue at many schools, this may not be possible it today's climate. We will keep our options open, however, and hope to share with others when changes in academics occur.