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LSU announced a new program called "Online Homeland Security Specialist"

Pierre St-Jean
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BATON ROUGE, LA — The first-of-its-kind Homeland Security Specialist program is now available through LSU Online & Continuing Education in cooperation with the LSU National Center for Biomedical Research and Training/Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education, or NCBRT/ACE.

This online program was created for law enforcement officers and also public and private sector security personnel. This five-course program is also supported by the provider of national law enforcement training, the National Sheriffs’ Association. To become a Certified Homeland Protection Professional, completing this curriculum is a must.

“The LSU Homeland Security MicroCert exemplifies the continued partnership that we share with LSU,” said Michael Brown, director of professional development at the National Sheriffs’ Association. “The MicroCert compliments our Global Homeland Protection program giving our members who are looking to re-certify, an additional resource.”

Students should anticipate the program to focus on the role of law enforcement in maintaining national security. The theories of preparedness, prevention, and response will be highlighted in class. Students will also study how to apply the fundamental notions of domestic law enforcement to the homeland security role. An official digital badge co-branded with LSU and LSU NCBRT/ACE will be given to those who ace the program to show off their subject-matter expertise.

“It has been a pleasure having our staff work together with LSU Online to further advance a shared mission of optimizing public safety and advancing educational opportunities for those who work in the profession of homeland security,” said Jeff Mayne, director at LSU NCBRT/ACE. “This Homeland Security Specialist Program will advance the knowledge of homeland security professionals coordinated efforts to identify criminal activities and terrorist attacks identifying modern modes of operation that extremists use to plan attacks.”

“The Homeland Security Specialist program will be another helpful and accessible resource that LSU NCBRT/ACE offers for responders and homeland security professionals,” said Jerry Monier, associate director for research and development at LSU NBCRT/ACE. “We’re proud to partner with LSU Online to share our expertise in this field, and we hope students complete the program with the skills and confidence necessary to further their professional goals in the emergency response field.”

This program's registration is now open. Individuals can get the coursework the same day they enroll because there is no application process. Other than high-speed Internet (Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are suggested), email, MS PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat Reader, the curriculum is self-paced and requires no additional materials.

“It’s all about providing access to high-quality learning experiences here at LSU,” said Sasha Thackaberry, vice president at LSU Online & Continuing Education. “Developing this unique training program fully online allows individuals to upskill at their own pace while balancing a full-time job and other responsibilities.”

The first four courses are 100% online, asynchronous and self-paced. Students can sign up for the capstone which is offered quarterly after completing the four courses. July 5 will be the next capstone date.

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