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Homeland Security
Curriculum code 1361
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Program Description—This certificate program of 17 credit hours in Homeland Security is associated to the college’s A.A.S. degree program for Criminal Justice. The Homeland Security certificate is designed to prepare students for a career in the emergency response field, while augmenting existing degree programs within the Criminal Justice, Fire Science, Private Security or Emergency Medical Programs currently at the college. It will allow those students within each of these specific areas of study to increase their understanding of homeland security principles and prepare them more broadly to compete for first responder and emergency planner positions of tomorrow. The curriculum incorporates existing courses from the Criminal Justice, Fire Science and Private Security Programs along with new courses developed for this Certificate. This certificate can also be used to articulate into a number of bachelor programs at partnering four-year institutions.

Job Titles/Occupations—Police officers, Fire service, Emergency medical, service and disaster staff, Local, county and state emergency planners, Corporate incident planners and responders, FEMA incident response team members, Public heath incident response teams and planners, Private loss prevention planners and incident specialists, Insurance industry incident response teams, Nuclear regulatory incident teams, Local, state and federal not-for-profit response teams—Red Cross, United Way, Salvation Army, Private and corporate security personal

Nature of Work—
The Department of Homeland Security employs numerous law enforcement officers and first responders within several different agencies, including Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Naturalization, EPA, the many U.S protective Services such as the FBI, Secret Service, and other numerous agencies. FEMA and Federal Emergency Managers are tasked with responding to disasters while managing recovery efforts. Local, county, state and federal agencies are all now providing disaster management staff as a mainstay of their functions across the country while there is strong demand for this area of study opportunities are limited. In addition to openings from employment growth, many openings will be created by the need to replace workers who retire and those who leave local agencies for federal jobs and private-sector security jobs. Bilingual applicants with military experience or college training in public safety or emergency management will have the best opportunities in local and state agencies.

Employment Outlook—The National Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the number of emergency management specialists of all kinds will grow faster than the average for all occupations between 2010 and 2020, adding more than 2,800 jobs over the decade. BLS data also show that emergency management specialists earned a median salary of $45,670 a year in 2010, with the middle 50 percent earning between $33,390 and $62,370. The highest earning 10 percent made more than $81,860.

Over the next two years, the federal government—the nation's largest employer—is projected to hire nearly 193,000 new employees to fill mission critical government jobs in almost every occupational field, according to a new report from the non-profit sector.

Security-related jobs are in high demand. Driving the hiring rush is the impending retirement or resignation of nearly one-third of the 1.6 million current federal workers, along with stepped-up efforts to secure the U.S. against terrorism and illegal immigration. The Departments of Defense and Homeland Security are expected to offer more than 83,000 new jobs.

For job and internship listings and job search assistance, contact the Job Resource Center, Student Services Center, S202, at (708) 974-5737, morainevalley.edu/jrc.


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