MCTC's Homeland Security Specialist program will prepare you to enter employment in a variety of organizations tasked with responsibility to protect the community from the effects of natural and man-made disasters. The homeland security and disaster management field is a vibrant and growing industry. As federal and state regulations, including Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), require more resource allocation to preparation for, and management of, terrorist attacks and man-made or natural disasters, the need for skilled personnel in the field is increasing. This new and exciting career field is becoming as essential a component to public safety as law enforcement, fire protection services and emergency medical services. In fact, you will find that the concepts and practice of homeland security combine and integrate all the public safety components, as well as public works, public utilities, industry, and many other phases of the community. The curriculum of the Homeland Security Specialist associate in applied science degree (A.A.S.) is designed to introduce you to the concepts and theory of homeland security and emergency management. You then move to specific skills required to operate in this field, such as responding to hazardous-material and weapons-of-mass- destruction incidents; working in command and control centers; providing crisis management and recovery from disaster; and preparing and executing contingency plans. In addition to program courses in Homeland Security, by completing the A.A.S. degree you can easily transition to MCTC's Law Enforcement Certificate program to prepare to take the state peace officer license examination. You must be a U.S. citizen, however, to enter the law enforcement profession. To become a corrections officer or police officer, you will be required to successfully pass extensive criminal background checks. Even if you choose not to pursue law enforcement, you will have received a well-rounded criminal justice background. Where You Could Work, Federal, state, county, or municipal homeland security or emergency management centers, Private industrial or commercial organizations' Private security organizations
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