If you think back over the past year of major news stories in our nation, you will likely recall tragic events such as the Aurora theater shooting, the Sandy Hook shooting, the Boston Marathon bombing, and most recently, the series of Oklahoma tornadoes.
Events such as these are difficult to predict or prevent. And each event leaves in its wake a series of unanswered questions, unresolved feelings, mourning loved ones and a grieving nation.
On a smaller scale, tragic events are occurring on a daily basis:
- So far in 2013, the city of Chicago has averaged a shooting every 6.3 hours – that’s nearly 4 shootings a day.
- The U.S. currently averages over 100 suicides a day. Sadly, that number is anticipated to increase with aging baby boomers and returning military veterans.
- Over the past decade, the world has averaged at least one registered natural disaster each day.
Over a year ago, our Crown Online team began discussions around adding our new Disaster and Emergency Management degree. The leading reason for adding this degree was a desire to train, equip and prepare professionals to respond in these times of tragedy. Furthermore, from researching our current students we learned that our students typically have a “service orientation” – that is, they tend to be seeking their degree in order to help and assist others around them. And according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the emergency response field is predicted to grow at a rate of 33% between now and 2020, ensuring our graduates a better chance of finding meaningful work in the field.
Over the past year, I have witnessed a seemingly endless string of headlines like the ones mentioned above. While I get caught up in the emotion of the stories and the lives permanently effected, I am thankful that my job is promoting a college that is doing what it can to help prepare professionals to make a lasting impact that really matters.
While we may not be able to predict or prevent disasters, each tragedy provides the opportunity to heal, recover and grow stronger.