Homeland Security Specialist
With the onset of terrorism and heightened threats both at home and abroad, Homeland Security is a growing, increasingly complex field within the Criminal Justice field. Homeland security professionals address key functions of threat prevention, crisis response, and operations recovery. Given that homeland security is a responsibility shared by a number of different government agencies, professionals in this field require cooperation from all sides including the private sector and individual citizens. Ideal for anyone entering law enforcement, private security or public administration, this course provides students with an overview of homeland security issues, threats and emergency management to ensure they understand the context within which their roles and responsibilities contribute to the overall effort to deter and mitigate against the effects of these new threats.
This program is designed to prepare successful participants to work in various Homeland Security agencies at a local, state or federal level. Specifically for those learners whose career-focus is in counter-terrorism, counter-intelligence, national security or government security, this program is a great way to examine new and different subject areas within this growing field. The program provides an overview of the elements involved in the homeland security function, as well as the challenges critical infrastructure managers in government and industry can/will face while maintaining mission operations and staff accountability in the midst of multiple overlapping roles and responsibilities in our rapidly changing world.
After completing this program, learners will be able to:
- Compare national security policy before 9/11 with changes to that policy as a consequence of 9/11 and the formation of the
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
- Describe the purpose and organization of the DHS
- Explain the concept of terrorism
- Examine the use of intelligence
- Analyze intelligence
- Describe critical infrastructure and key resources
- Examine cyber terrorism
- Examine how transportation systems are at risk and protected from terrorist threats
- Examine the effects of terrorism on public health
- Describe the purpose and structure of the National Response Framework (NRF)
- Describe the U.S. approach to emergency management
- Describe the Incident Command System (ICS)
- Describe how incident response situations are managed
- Describe the purpose, structure, and function of the ICS
- Write a response plan to an emergency situation
- Describe the ethical considerations involved in homeland security issues
- Describe the use of communication technologies in emergency situations
- Examine the role of various fields in preparing for and responding to emergencies
- Describe the role of higher learning institutions in preparing graduates for understanding their role in homeland security
- Use Microsoft Office®
There is National Certification exam that are available to students who successfully complete this program:
- National Workforce Career Association (NWCA) Homeland Security (CJ-HSS)
Note: Inclusion of National Certification exam vouchers vary from school and payment / finance method. To check if they are included, you may message any of our advisors through any of our available channels here
- MyCAA for Eligible US Military Spouses
MyCAA is a $4000 education grant for spouses of service members on active duty in paygrades E1-E5, W1-W2, O1-O2. Spouses married to members of the National Guard and Reserves in the same paygrades, in title 10 orders, are also eligible.
MyCAA covers: tuition, externship and national certification exam vouchers
Our university partners provide, as job aids, at no extra cost: books / workbooks, laptop, mentor support, 12 mos subscription to CampusEd, job placement assistance.
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- Army Credentialing Assistance
The Army Credentialing Assistance (CA) program is a government-instituted training and education program that provides a grant of up to $4,000 to eligible soldiers. The grant can be used to enroll in more than 1,600 industry-recognized off-duty career-training certificate programs, licensure exams, and academic or vocational credentials, and even re-certification. It was first made available in October 1, 2019 to the Fort Hood, Fort Campbell, Fort Carson, Fort Drum, Fort Riley, and JBLM bases. As of January 1, 2020, the program is available to all installations.
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Grants (Non Military)
- Workforce Grant
We have partnered with private institutions to provide assistance to qualified students. The Workforce Grant is in place to help reinvigorate the workforce amidst the ongoing pandemic. If qualified, a student may receive up to 50% of tuition assistance.
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- Zero Interest Monthly Payment Plans
Payment plans are available for any student at zero interest. This option is available for every university partner. Click here for a complete list.