Homeland Security Education 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 (HSE.cc). In addition to the depth and breadth of curriculum and training, HSE.cc offers a web-based, anytime-anywhere learning exchange network.
HSE.cc 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. HSE.cc recognizes the challenges and, as a partnership, offers a comprehensive approach through five areas of program specialization:
HSE.cc 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
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.
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.
Benefits of HSE.cc and Project SAIL Partnership
HSE.cc, as part of the Project SAIL network, is distinguished by three strategic objectives and offers the opportunity to
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, HSE.cc 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, HSE.cc 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 HSE.cc 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 HSE.cc 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 HSE.cc 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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