SIA, the Security Industry Authority, and Mercer County Community College have teamed up to develop the Systems Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree in Security Systems and Technologies. This degree was established due to the shortage of competent security professionals in the industry. Because there are very few academic programs currently in place for this line of work, these organizations saw this program as a great opportunity.
The Security Systems Technology program is specifically designed to train individuals to become experts in all areas of the security industry, including sales, installation, management, and technical support. Courses will combine existing logical security courses with new physical security courses, in addition to foundational courses such as English Composition and Speech. The program will also feature hands-on activities in a specialized lab setting.
On Friday, August 12, Mercer College will be hosting an open house for those interested in learning more about the new Security Systems Technology program. The open house will take place during SOAR, the college’s new student orientation. Sherinda Barrow, Director of Education Services, and Roscoe Coffman, VP of Operations, will be in attendance on behalf of Open Options. They will be available to answer questions regarding the program, and to give product demonstrations to prospective students.
Open Options is proud to have donated equipment for this innovative new program, including our award-winning access control software, DNA Fusion™, and our OpenDX data exchange software. We want to extend a special thanks to Mercury Security for providing the boards for the access control lab. Furthermore, Open Options is excited and honored to have exclusively constructed the course curriculum for the access control portion of the program.
Some of the other equipment donors include DMP, Axis Communications, ASSA ABLOY, and Cypress.
There are currently four students enrolled in the program and Mercer College is looking to gain roughly six more. Classes are scheduled to begin in September.
For more information on Mercer County Community College and the Security Systems Technology program, click here.