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Homeland Security Education in the Community College
Community College of Denver
Kirkwood Community College
Monroe Community College
League for Innovation in the Community College

The collaborative spirit of the American Community College has long stood the test of time and turmoil. In the face of recent national disaster, the American Community College once again rises to serve the need, demand, and purpose for higher education. As planning, funding, and policy roll toward national effort, the collaboration of three community colleges has emerged to serve these ideas and initiatives with proven content, curriculum, and training for citizen preparedness and homeland security. The League for Innovation/Project SAIL (Specialty Asynchronous Industry Learning) network, the Community College of Denver (CO), Kirkwood Community College (IA), and Monroe Community College (NY) have merged their professional expertise and distinctive content format to provide a complete homeland security curriculum that exceeds Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) standards, meets all four phases of NICE programming standards, and includes critical infrastructure defense in Cyber Security and Media/Telecom Network Recovery. Building on their extraordinary strengths and experience in specific content areas, the three colleges have combined efforts to offer curriculum, training, and services for citizen preparedness and homeland defense under a partnership called Homeland Security Education in the Community College ( In addition to the depth and breadth of curriculum and training, offers a web-based, anytime-anywhere learning exchange network. Program and Course Models

With 1,100 community and technical colleges serving more than 10 million students annually, there is little doubt that these open-access, community-based institutions affect and reflect the local communities, industries, and workforce development efforts of America. Community colleges alone train more than 80 percent of our nation's public safety officers and first responders. The fields of law enforcement and public safety, health care and public service, information technology/cyber security, and biotechnology and hazardous materials all leverage students, graduates, and professionals from community colleges. The growing sophistication of threat and devastation has prompted need and demand for new techniques, new approaches, and new delivery modes. recognizes the challenges and, as a partnership, offers a comprehensive approach through five areas of program specialization:
  • Community and Citizen Preparedness
  • Terrorism and Homeland Defense
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Community College Leadership Training
  • Disaster Response and Recovery Course Summaries

The Community College of Denver (CCD) has responded to the national homeland security initiative by focusing on the development and delivery of Community and Citizen Preparedness. In addition to online course developments, CCD has created service-learning partnerships as well as successful models of community emergency response teams (CERT).

The CCD Community and Citizen Preparedness course series includes

  • Homeland Security: Introduction to Emergency Management -an orientation to the role of emergency management in community preparedness.

  • Homeland Security Law - a comprehensive overview for business, industry, and government as well as those faced with emerging legal and security issues raised by the new regulatory framework and the Department of Homeland Security, to include privacy rights versus security concerns in today's climate.

  • Intelligence and Homeland Security - analyzes intelligence and homeland security relationships using a case-study methodology and examines the evolving relationship between intelligence and homeland security strategies.

  • Homeland Defense -examines the variety of new indicators, warning methodologies, and analytical tools available to assess and forecast terrorism in its numerous dimensions, to develop proactive defenses for the long-term protection of our society.

  • Homeland Security: Biological and Chemical Defense -provides an overview of the chemical, biochemical, and biological threat to Homeland Security, to include analysis of the agents and means of dissemination or attack that an adversary nation, group, or terrorist cell may employ.

  • Homeland Defense: Critical Incident Response Management -examines the potential results from nuclear, biological, and chemical incidents or uses, with review of public health consequences, development of emergency planning, and response measures in place among U.S. and state agencies.


Monroe Community College (MCC) has established a Homeland Security Institute as a regional source for homeland security training of first responders, elected officials, citizens, and professionals whose jobs place them in leadership or response roles in homeland security management.

The institute offers specialty courses and training services with course emphasis in Terrorism and Homeland Defense, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Leadership in Public Safety Organizations.

  • Terrorism and Homeland Defense -acquaints the student with major issues in global terrorism, from the history and development of terrorism through the psychology, financing, structure, and dynamics of terrorist groups. The course also includes a focus on legal issues and terrorism of the future.

  • Weapons of Mass Destruction -intended to help senior local government officials prepare for and improve their ability to manage and respond to mass-casualty terrorism incidents involving the use of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).

  • Weapons of Mass Destruction Awareness -intended for first responders likely to witness or discover hazardous substances and initiate an emergency response sequence. This course is intended to meet Federal OSHA standards for police and other public-sector personnel.

  • Community College Leadership -addresses personal and management skills needed for effective leadership in public safety organizations and environments during local, statewide, and national emergencies.


Kirkwood Community College (KCC), has long served the mid-west and the nation with environmental health and safety programs. Through the Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute (HMTRI), KCC promotes education, training, and certification of environmental technologies. In addition to instructional programming and services, HMTRI offers students and professionals online options for those unable to attend training in more traditional settings. The HMTRI developments and their established relationships with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), have resulted in the following Homeland Security options focused on emergency response and disaster recovery.

  • Worker Safety for Disaster Response- designed to provide disaster site workers with knowledge, information, and skills to work safely on a variety of disaster sites including those caused by weapons of mass destruction.

  • Hazardous Materials Worker Safety Awareness - meets the requirements of OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations for certification in Personal Protective Equipment, Regulations, Site Characterization, Confined Space, and Decontamination Procedures.

  • Department of Transportation (DOT) Regulation 126 (Shipping Hazardous Material)- focuses on the DOT security and hazard communication system consisting of labels, placards, shipping papers, and markings, and provides students with information regarding DOT HAZMAT requirements.

  • Emergency Response to Terrorism -highlights threats to responders beyond those associated with more common emergency incidents. Provides emergency responders with the understanding of the implications for modern threats of terrorist attack and proper procedures, within the limits of safe and prudent response.

  • Introduction to Mass Fatalities -introduces the basics on planning, response, and recovery for a mass fatalities incident through simulation and interactive response.

Benefits of and Project SAIL Partnership, as part of the Project SAIL network, is distinguished by three strategic objectives and offers the opportunity to

  • Enrich college and community program offerings in the critical and emerging field of homeland security;
  • Create customized homeland security and citizen preparedness solutions for communities; and
  • Train and develop a local and expert workforce in the latest homeland security prevention, defense, and response.

Community colleges currently offer and deliver a majority of the content and services that support public security. Weighed against existing options and the cost to develop new programs in new institutions, community colleges are focused and proven solutions to the expert development and dissemination of homeland security education, training, and services.

In addition to curriculum expertise and service delivery, offers all content in an online or asynchronous 24/7 format and meets the public service schedule for anytime-anywhere learning. Beyond the semester-based structure of classroom and traditional delivery, offers degrees, certification, and training options in citizen preparedness, security management, and disaster response and recovery information.

To meet the public demands and expectations for homeland security, many institutions, with tightened budgets and deficits on the horizons, are looking at alternative e-learning options beyond the significant budget investments of program and content development. Many are weighing the cost to develop, maintain, and distribute courses and programs against the cost to license, lease, or exchange courses and programs with other institutions. The escalating costs of course development, faculty expertise, and technological infrastructure to deliver content point to and Project SAIL as a new solution to exchange, expand, and customize local and state homeland security programs with expert and proven curriculum solutions.

Through online delivery and asynchronous development, Project SAIL and offer opportunities to expand and fulfill immediate and imminent homeland security needs, in even the most remote communities, without significant time and dollar investments in content or technological developments.

To preview Project SAIL programs and courses and learn how to participate, visit the SAIL website.

For more information on Homeland Security Education in the Community College or preview the introductory presentation or contact:

Vincent Wincelowicz- Community College of Denver

Ron Snyder- Kirkwood Community College

Dustin Swanger- Monroe Community College




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