Leadership

BLENDED E-LEARNING

Issue 5 and Volume 156.

BY DON BECKERING Minnesota’s firefighters and emergency responders are trained to protect the state’s nearly five million citizens and its natural resources. Emergency responders, including firefighters (when mandated by their city), at a minimum, must be certified at the first responder level. There are an estimated 24,000 certified first responders in the state; the number is closer to 100,000 when including the state’s entire population of emergency responders. Many of these responders receive their first responder training through the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system, an educational network that serves more than 330,000 students at 34 state universities, community colleges, technical colleges, and combined community and technical colleges located on 53 campuses across the state. Through the Office of the Chancellor’s Fire/ EMS/Safety Center, MnSCU offers more than one million hours of emergency response and firefighting-related instruction. MnSCU is implementing a new “blended e-learning” approach to deliver first responder…

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