Fifteen West Virginia University students recently earned master’s degrees in safety management and a jump start on professional careers.

The graduates also earned the new Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), which establishes standards and verifies competency for professional safety practice.

This is the first year that BSCP has provided the GSP designation to graduates of accredited safety management programs. WVU ’s program is one of only 10 in the nation whose graduates qualify for the designation. Graduate Safety Practitioners may bypass the first of two examinations toward their certification as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).

WVU Safety Management graduates who earned their master’s degrees and the Graduate Safety Practitioner designation in 2006 are: David Fetty of Morgantown ; Kelly Frampton of Harpers Ferry; Christopher Judy of Petersburg ; Shane Keatts of Martinsville ; Justin Klavan of Germantown , Md. ; Henry Lane III of Marshall, Va.; R. Brent Lawrence of Point Marion, Pa.; Sean Lucas of Greensburg, Pa.; Richard Marlowe of Canonsburg, Pa.; Arturo Meza of Morgantown; Jill Perry of West Logan; Abby Poling of Clarksburg; Christopher Roupe of Proctor; Drew Snider of New Cumberland; and Justin Walker of Fayetteville .

William Cooper from Falling Waters also earned a master’s degree in safety management from WVU in 2006, but had previously earned his Certified Safety Professional designation.

The Safety Management Program is part of the Industrial and Management Systems Engineering Department in the WVU College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. The program is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).

WVU ’s Safety Management Program prepares students for careers in safety management in the manufacturing, insurance, energy, health care, construction and other industries. Qualified safety managers are in high demand, and the program’s graduates enjoy excellent job placement rates and starting salaries.

For more information on WVU ’s Safety Management Program