Available Now: Scholarships for NENA’s New Diversity in 9-1-1 Leadership Program

NENA: The 9-1-1 Association announced that its groundbreaking program to promote greater diversity and inclusion in our nation’s 9-1-1 centers is now accepting scholarship applications.

The Diversity in 9-1-1 Leadership Program provides scholarships to equip new and diverse voices with the skills, knowledge, and training necessary to advance to upper-level positions in 9-1-1 agencies and become tomorrow’s leaders.

According to a NENA press release:

Thanks to major support from T-Mobile, RapidDeploy, OnStar, and Microsoft, the program will provide seventy-five scholarships to NENA’s multi-day leadership and management courses to facilitate the advancement of under-represented populations within the 9-1-1 community.

“Diversity, equity, and inclusion are more than just words to us here at NENA; we are committed to opening doors and removing barriers to growth and leadership in the 9-1-1 community,” said NENA President Jennifer White, ENP. “We are grateful for our partners in this effort to empower future leaders who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.”

The scholarships will increase the number of diverse participants in NENA’s three flagship education offerings: the Center Manager Certification ProgramCenter Supervisor Program, and Center Training Officer Program. The program is jointly administered by NENA’s Education Advisory Board and the NENA Diversity & Inclusion Special Committee.

Learn more about the application process and apply for a scholarship.

Maryland residents demand and expect 9-1-1 emergency services to be reliable and efficient. Next-generation technology is required to keep up with this increasingly complex public safety function – improving wireless caller location, accommodating incoming text/video, managing crisis-driven call overflows, and securing sensitive information.

As the State and county governments continue their ambitious but critical move toward Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911), public safety leaders must have the skills and knowledge to transition from legacy systems to modern, reliable, and secure next-generation technology.

At the MACo Winter Conference session “Ransomware, Risk, and Recovery: Is Your County Cyber-Secure?” an expert panel will explain why updating outdated technology platforms is critical for reducing cybersecurity risks, enhancing service delivery, and boosting government transparency and accountability.

The 2021 MACo Winter Conference, “Time to Reboot: Tomorrow’s Tech Today,” will be held on December 8-10, 2021, at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland.

Learn more about MACo’s Winter Conference: