CARMEL, NY – Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced that Mercy College will be offering a bachelor’s degree program in corporate and homeland security management through the county’s Bureau of Emergency Services’ Training and Operations Center Building (TOPS Building) at the Donald B. Smith Campus in Carmel. The program will begin in Fall 2018.

“We are a community of first responders—career and volunteer, and this program helps builds a succession plan in law enforcement, first responders and EMS, which we know is critical, not just here but for the Hudson Valley,” said Odell. “Also, by teaming up with Mercy College we can advance our secondary educational opportunities in Putnam County.”

Mercy College’s Bachelor of Science degree in corporate and homeland security management is a four-year degree offered through the School of Business. It is the first undergraduate degree of its kind, designed to provide a comprehensive background for students interested in pursuing professional managerial careers in the private or public sectors where business and security skills coexist. The B.S. degree in corporate and homeland security management offers students a cutting-edge degree—one which speaks to the expanding and dynamic role that security now plays in virtually every business and government career.

“This a unique program run by Dr. Matthew Miraglia. It is perfect for corporate and government leaders or those who want to become leaders,” said Dr. Ed Weis, dean of Mercy College’s School of Business. “We want to focus this program on career advancement as opposed to just academic theory.”

To encourage residents to participate in the program, Putnam County is partnering will Mercy College to offer several scholarships for the Fall 2018 class.

“We understand how cost constraints limit the opportunity for many to continue their education,” said Odell. “Our goal is to make it low cost and affordable.”

There will be one full scholarship and several partial scholarships awarded. Applicants can be nominated through their school district, fire department, EMS agency or other government entity.

Mercy College has its main campus in Dobbs Ferry and other campuses in Manhattan, the Bronx and Yorktown.

For more about the program visit For more information about the scholarship program call the County Executive’s Office at 845-808-1001.