The MCNY School for Public Affairs and Administration is taking Experiential Learning to new heights.

Led by program director Chuck Frank, students in both graduate and undergraduate programs in Emergency and Disaster Management participated in a full-scale exercise hosted by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey at JFK International Airport.

The immersive exercise simulated an aircraft crash during landing, with MCNY students taking on crucial roles as witnesses and victims. Wearing T-shirts and symptomology cards, they provided vital cues to the rescue team about their simulated “conditions.” The dedicated volunteers were organized into groups, each under the guidance of an Exercise Control Staff member in Green Vests, offering thorough briefings on their roles and escorting them through the exercise.

This hands-on approach to learning offers students a unique perspective, allowing them to apply theoretical knowledge in a real-world scenario. The exercise not only enhances their practical skills but also fosters a deeper understanding of emergency management.

MCNY thanks the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the participating agencies for transforming education into an unforgettable, immersive experience. This initiative exemplifies MCNY’s commitment to providing cutting-edge education that prepares students for the challenges of the dynamic field of emergency management.

MCNY Volunteer Students participated as victims of the plane crash:

Sarah Wolf
Avni Patel
Omar Gonzalez
Michael Maya
Jennifer Guzman
Vince Carrano
Anthony DeLorenzo
Sharonna Brown
Vanessa Brady
Steve Alexandre
Sahira Fontana
Angel Mantilla
Jose Semorile
Sherese Nelson

Learn more about our programs:

BA in Emergency Management & Business Continuity

MPA in Emergency and Disaster Management (Online)

MPA in Emergency and Disaster Management