Designed in response to our nation's growing homeland security needs, the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College certificate in homeland security will equip students with knowledge and preparation for entry-level careers in domestic and international issues. Graduates will emerge from our program with an understanding of criminal justice, government operations, homeland security, terrorist activity, and prevention efforts.
The Homeland Security Certificate will introduce students to the Department of Homeland Security, domestic and international terrorism issues, and strategies for countering terrorist threats. The key principles of emergency management and disaster planning will be presented. Students are required to select electives within the Criminal Justice course offerings that complement career and academic goals.
To be eligible to earn a Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Certificate the student must be a current degree-seeking student or complete the application and admissions process to the college. Eligibility to earn and receive a Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Certificate does not interfere with the degree-seeking status of the student.
A certificate in homeland security gives graduates the opportunity to work in many different arenas in government, border patrol, police/dispatch, security, and emergency management.