Spring 2016 Registration Still Available for ICC’s 911 Telecommunicator Certificate Program Classes

Illinois Central College still has limited space available for students interested in its 9-1-1 Telecommunicator Certificate Program classes for the spring 2016 semester, which begins January 19, 2016.

When the College began the 15-credit hour certificate program in 2013 it was the first of its kind in downstate Illinois.

“Local law enforcement officials recently have reported a desperate need of 911 dispatchers and are short-staffed in their departments right now,” said ICC Public Services Coordinator Michelle Weghorst. “Their request back in 2011 for local training is what initiated a conversation among ICC faculty, 911 personnel and local police chiefs and led to the creation of ICC’s 911 Telecommunicator Certificate Program. We hope to help answer that call for training once again and provide additional career opportunities to the Peoria area.”

The certificate is aimed at preparing students to enter 911 telecommunicator positions in the community upon completion of five core classes, including a 150-hour internship in criminal justice. Students will receive an introduction to the criminal justice system and will learn the fundamentals of call taking and dispatching emergency calls for the police, fire and EMS departments. Required courses include: Introduction to criminal Justice, criminal Law, 911 Telecommunicator Pat I, 911 Telecommunicator Part II, and an internship.

For more information on the 911 Telecommunicator Certificate Program and courses, please contact Michelle Weghorst in the Criminal Justice Program, at (309) 690-7691 or email [email protected].