SOURCE: Sonoma College

January 30, 2006 12:39 ET

The Steele Foundation's International Training Group™ and Sonoma College Launch Collaborative Degree Program in Homeland Security

Professionals Can Now Earn Their Degree in Homeland Response and Emergency Management

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 30, 2006 -- THE STEELE FOUNDATION and Sonoma College (OTC BB: SNMA) have announced today an exclusive partnership to offer an accredited program in Homeland Response and Emergency Management (HREM) to security professionals and others who may utilize the credits earned in the program towards an undergraduate degree in HREM. The new curriculum adopts an "all-hazards approach" to security and consequence management, and combines traditional academia with practical coursework in subjects such as critical infrastructure, security management, and personal protection. Enrollment is open to all those involved in Homeland Security issues, whether working for government agencies, private corporations, law enforcement or the military. All first responders should consider this professional development program.

"The International Training Group™ has earned a reputation as a leader in educating its students with realistic and practical coursework in specialized areas of Corporate and Homeland Security," said Sonoma College CEO Charles Newman. "Sonoma College is committed to delivering a world class program to its students, and ITG™ will certainly enhance the education our students will receive."

Students are now able to earn a college degree in Homeland Response and Emergency Management by attending courses on campus or through its distant learning program which can be accessed online from anywhere in the world. A college degree is an invaluable credential in today's competitive workplace. Professional growth is critical for candidates who want to be leaders in the security and emergency management profession. The program is ideal for security professionals who are starting a new career, re-training, changing careers or upgrading their skills. In addition to offering courses to public response agencies, the HREM program provides in-depth knowledge, technical skills and education in security industry "best practices" pertaining to corporate and organizational life safety and security.

"This partnership underscores that homeland security is no longer the sole responsibility of local, state and federal agencies, but requires mutual effort between the public and private sector," said Steele's CEO Kenn Kurtz. "Combining Steele's International Training Group™ (ITG) Program with Sonoma College's curriculum represents a pivotal juncture and demonstrates the seriousness and resolve necessary to shore up the nation's preparedness in safeguarding public and private critical infrastructure."

Sonoma College offers state and federal financial assistance for eligible students and veteran's education benefits for those who qualify. For more information about student financial aid programs or to begin the financial aid application process, visit

The next class begins February 20, 2006 with new classes starting every six weeks. For more information on Sonoma College's Homeland Response and Emergency Management (HREM) program with the International Training Group™ go to or Interested applicants can also send email with their complete contact information to

About The Steele Foundation

The Steele Foundation is a multinational firm providing a broad range of specialized risk management services that are designed to control loss by providing innovative and strategic business solutions. Headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Asia, The Steele Foundation services a multinational clientele of governments, corporations, individuals and non-profit organizations. The Steele Foundation was the first private firm to protect the heads of state of three sovereign nations. The professional service firm has six core business segments including Business Investigations, Executive Security, Crisis Management, Information Security, Training and Education and Behavioral Sciences.

About International Training Group™

The Steele Foundation's International Training Group™ (ITG) has established itself as the leading training institute for protective services by developing the most realistic, comprehensive and intensive training programs available in the private sector. As the leading provider of global protective services, The Steele Foundation offers unparalleled experience and subject matter expertise in the fields such as critical infrastructure assessment, surveillance detection, Executive / Dignitary Protection and Training.

About Sonoma College

Sonoma College (OTC BB: SNMA) is recognized by the United States Department of Education and is a member of the Department of Homeland Security Emergency Management Institute. Sonoma College is a private for-profit post-secondary career preparation college that offers an accredited associate of applied science degree programs in Homeland Response and Emergency Management (HREM). The HREM degree is designed for maximum educational flexibility because it is targeted toward public safety professionals and departments with busy schedules whose personnel need anytime, anyplace learning options. Sonoma College serves both full-time and part-time students offering daytime, evening, and Saturday classroom schedules "blended" with Internet classes. Significant portions of Sonoma College's academic programs are offered online in an advanced college Internet learning management system and the balance of the curricula is offered in standard residential college classrooms or in off-site residential clinic externships.

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