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Getting a Degree in Homeland Security

September 11, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa - Eleven years after 9/11, the first group of graduates from Des Moines Area Community College's new program in Homeland Security studies is ten Transportation Security Administration officers at Des Moines International Airport. For the first time, DMACC is offering an associate degree in Homeland Security.

Bryan Burkhardt, director of DMACC's Electronic Crime Institute, says they offer Introduction to Homeland Security, Intelligence Analysis and Security Technology, and Transportation and Border Security.

"We're looking at it both from a terrorism perspective as well as an emergency-management perspective and how to handle natural disasters. We then move into intelligence analysis: how to process intelligence as it stands to deal with risk and mitigating vulnerabilities."

Burkhart says a degree in Homeland Security can be used in more than just transportation safety.

"We intend to see students who concentrate in Homeland Security perhaps working for the TSA, but perhaps they also work as a county emergency management coordinator. Perhaps they are also going to work in the private sector to assess vulnerabilities that may exist within a corporate arena."

Burkhardt says the homeland-security option was first offered last fall and now has students concentrating just in this part of criminal justice studies.

Richard Alan, Public News Service - IA