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Emergency management grad urges career preparedness, too


David E. Bjorkman, instructor of emergency management/social science, introduces his guest speaker to emergency management students.
David E. Bjorkman, instructor of emergency management/social science, introduces his guest speaker to emergency management students.
Hess details various types of disaster recovery planning strategies.
Hess details various types of disaster recovery planning strategies.
The emergency management lab, on the fourth floor of Klump Academic Center, offers a collaborative work space.
The emergency management lab, on the fourth floor of Klump Academic Center, offers a collaborative work space.

Emergency management technology graduate Elizabeth (Landis) Hess, ’17, returned to the classroom recently to share her advice and expertise with students in the major. Hess is working as a disaster preparedness associate at Delta Development Group, Mechanicsburg. Among her projects, the Penn College alumna is working with public health, state and local stakeholders, and health care coalitions on a variety of emergency management initiatives. During her time in the major, Hess interned over two summers at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center under the guidance of its emergency preparedness coordinator. As part of her visit to her alma mater, Hess discussed courses within the emergency management curricula that she has found particularly relevant in the world of work, and encouraged students to take full advantage of internships and other learning opportunities that will enhance their resumes and skill sets. Once on the job, she told her audience to “humble yourself and be willing to learn” as they begin to navigate their careers and to keep an open mind to different paths since emergency management “is a broad field” filled with many possibilities and specialties.

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