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Leveraging Community Colleges
for Homeland Security

Vision

The vision of the League for Innovation in the Community College is the systematic leveraging of community colleges and their position in civic engagement, service learning, and community programs to serve the education and training needs of Homeland Security.

Purpose

The purpose of the League for Innovation in the Community College's Homeland Security Initiative is to explore the scope of Homeland Security programs in community colleges, look to the future in regard to collaboration and connection to national efforts, and examine the role of community colleges in Homeland Security. Through its various efforts, the League for Innovation in the Community College will facilitate activities designed to identify existing community college Homeland Security preparedness and prevention programs, services, and resources on campuses; unmet needs; and possible barriers to the development of Homeland Security programs in community colleges.

Given that (1) our tax dollars already support community colleges, (2) their training generally leads to career and academically portable credentials, (3) their footprint touches almost every community in the nation, and (4) they already deliver high-stakes training that leads to nationally recognized certification, it makes sense to foster a focused strategy to leverage community colleges. This strategy will serve policy and decision makers well as they take further steps to protect our communities.