Program Trains Students In Disaster Relief

The recent tsunami in South Asia has drawn a lot of attention to the need for emergency-service skills in a disaster situation. Coincidentally, a program that offers training in that very area was started up just last fall at Lincoln's Union College. It's called “International Rescue and Relief”. You can major, and get a four-year bachelor's degree in it. Jeff Joiner, who teaches in the program, says there's none other like it in the United States.

As part of their class work, these International Rescue and Relief students will spend a summer getting hands-on experience in the mountains of Colorado. Eventually they will spend a whole semester in Venezuela. There's about 35 now enrolled in the program.