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05-17-2010 -- CCAC introduces homeland security program for fall
PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) will
offer a Homeland Security degree beginning this fall. The
associate's degree and a related certificate program will train
public safety professionals in a wide range of emergency scenarios
in a post-9/11 world.
"CCAC is committed to developing homeland security professionals
for the local region and nationally," said Alex Johnson, CCAC
president. "These programs will address the need for specific
homeland security credentials for existing personnel as well as
replacing retirees from a graying workforce in federal, state and
local emergency management agencies."
There are more than 30,000 emergency service providers in the
Region 13 area, which covers 13 counties in southwestern
Pennsylvania. Last year, the Region 13 Counter-Terrorism Task Force
circulated a letter of understanding on collaboration for education
and training that was signed by CCAC and other colleges in the
region. Since then, the task force has created a regional network
in which community colleges will offer access to courses
culminating in a Homeland Security certificate or associate's
"Graduates of this program may seek employment as homeland
security professionals in various fields, including border, airport
and seaport security as well as intelligence, technology security
and disaster or emergency response," said Jill Oblak, director of
CCAC's Public Safety Institute.
CCAC's associate's degree comprises 61 to 63 credits and will
take two years full-time. The certificate is 22 credits over two
semesters. Both will be offered as part of the Criminal Justice
departments at Allegheny (North Shore), Boyce and South (West
"These courses may be of particular interest to local public
safety personnel looking to advance their careers," said Gregory
Joyce, associate professor of Criminal Justice at CCAC-Boyce campus
in Monroeville. "They will also appeal to local fire and police
departments seeking to better prepare their staffs for unforeseen
events and circumstances-not just terrorism but also floods,
snowstorms and other weather emergencies."
CCAC's curriculum was developed in collaboration with the Region
13 Homeland Security Initiative representing local, state and
federal emergency responders as well as the Pittsburgh Regional
Business Coalition for Homeland Security, which consists of
approximately 50 employers including the University of Pittsburgh
Medical Center, Verizon, PNC Bank, Westinghouse Electric Company
and NOVA Chemicals.
Pittsburgh is a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated
Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Tier II city, one of 53
cities that receive special funding to purchase specialized
equipment for emergency responders and enhance regional emergency
preparedness, response and recovery capabilities.
These capabilities include interoperable communications, urban
search and rescue, onsite incident management, hazardous materials
response and decontamination, medical surge, community and citizen
preparedness, emergency public information and warning, explosive
device response and critical infrastructure protection
For more information about the homeland security program at
CCAC, contact the CCAC Public Safety Institute at 412.237.2500.
About CCACThe Community College of Allegheny County is the largest
institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The
college serves 30,000 credit students through 170 degree and
certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning
non-credit and workforce development courses to 35,000 students
annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed
to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach
through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered
via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four
campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding
communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission to provide
affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse
and supportive learning environment that prepares the region's
residents for academic, professional and personal success in our
changing global society.