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Penn State Fayette wins award for non-lethal weapons program

10/15/2008 —
Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus’ non-credit certificate program “Non-Lethal Weapons: Policies, Practices, and Technologies” received an Award of Excellence from the University Continuing Education Association at its Mid-Atlantic Region Awards of Excellence ceremony in Wilmington, Del., in early October.

Ted A. Mellors, director of Penn State Fayette’s Center for Community and Public Safety, reports the Non-Lethal Weapons: Policies, Practices, and Technologies Certificate Program is a Web-based/DVD-based, university-level, non-credit certificate program developed for the United States Department of Defense under a contract from the U.S. Marine Corps and the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate based in Quantico, Va. The course consists of nine modules, including: Introduction and Theory; Kinetics; Riot Control Agents and Related Technologies; Maritime Vehicle Stoppers; Land Vehicle Stoppers; Emerging Technologies; Advanced Technologies; Non-Lethal Applications and Public Order; and Integration of Non-Lethal Weapons and Decision-Making.

Mellors says, “As the technology of non-lethal weapons grows, it is important that our country’s military personnel have the awareness and knowledge of non-lethal weapons to leverage these weapons in support of homeland security objectives. Developed as a distance-learning program with 62 hours of instruction, it has been delivered to approximately 2,300 military personnel on four continents and in 47 states.”

The development of this high-tech course involved the collection and incorporation of more than 2,500 photos and more than 250 hours of recorded video to enhance the module materials. This includes approximately 50 hours of interviews and video interviews by many world-recognized subject matter experts.

The dynamics and technologies of non-lethal weapons are constantly changing, yet the course stays up-to-date because the program team is regularly in the field. Joe Segilia, director of Continuing Education and Outreach at Penn State Fayette, says, “Ted and his team of subject matter experts visit military bases and talk to industry experts to continually obtain the newest and most relevant information. This course is one-of-a-kind in the nation and, because of its Internet and DVD format, it is accessible internationally.”

Penn State Fayette’s Non-Lethal Weapons program was selected as a Non-Credit Program Development Excellence Award-winner by the UCEA Mid-Atlantic Region Awards Committee from entries submitted by colleges and universities across the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, which includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Carolyn Callaghan

Carolyn Callaghan, the University Continuing Education Association’s 2009 Mid-Atlantic Region Awards Committee chairwoman, congratulates Joe Segilia, Penn State Fayette’s director of Continuing Education and Outreach, in early October as he receives an Award of Excellence at the UCEA’s Mid-Atlantic Region Awards Ceremony for the campus’ Non-Lethal Weapons: Policies, Practices, and Technologies certificate program.

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