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COD co-sponsors CAPS Awards Night Oct. 18

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College of DuPage Business Solutions is a co-sponsor of this year's Fire Department Citizens Appreciate Public Safety (CAPS) Awards Night, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 18, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Meson Sabika, 1025 Aurora Ave., in Naperville.

This year's family-oriented events will include a showcase of Naperville 1st Responder equipment, Fire and Police Department vehicles, and personnel outside the restaurant, followed by dinner and an awards presentation.

"College of DuPage is on the forefront of first-responder training at both the local and regional levels," said Joe Cassidy, College of DuPage Dean of Continuing Education/Extended Learning. "Support of this event, which recognizes excellence in service from Naperville firefighters and other 1st responders, is a natural extension to the College's commitment to providing the highest-level training for these dedicated men and women."

College of DuPage Business Solutions provides affordable, personalized onsite training for area businesses and first-responder agencies to meet workforce needs and highlight career pathways through credit degree and certificate programs. Business Solutions focuses on Safety and Security by offering more than 200 Continuing Education programs in the areas of Computer Crimes, Crime Scene/Forensics, Emergency Management and Response, Investigations, Legal Issues, Patrol and Operations, and Planning and Administration.

In addition, new programs are being developed for regional businesses, local, state and federal agencies all in support of safety, risk mitigation and emergency planning/response within Business Solution's Defense and Security cluster.

In addition, the new 66,000 square-foot Homeland Security Education Center serves as a multi-jurisdictional training center and houses the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy (SLEA). Since 1994, SLEA has trained 2,550 recruits from area agencies, and 22,126 officers have attended Continuing Education classes offered in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana.

A limited number of tickets are still available to the public for the Oct. 18 CAPS event. For more information and to purchase tickets ($20 per person), call (630) 305-5900.