Homeland Security certificate programs begin next week

By Staff

The Center for Homeland Security, part of the National Institute of Science, Space and Security Centers at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, will offer two new certificates in security intelligence and disaster public health beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19.

The School of Public Affairs offers a graduate certificate in security intelligence in conjunction with the center. Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers the undergraduate and graduate certificate in disaster public health also in conjunction with the center.

"An academic certificate from UCCS can be a powerful discriminator setting you above the competition when it comes time to land that next job or promotion," said Mike Perini, executive director of the institute.

The certificate programs are taught online and in-residence by experienced and leading professionals.

"For example, UCCS employs subject matter experts from NORTHCOM's Surgeon General's office and Intelligence Directorate as instructors," said Tina Markowski, the center's operations and academic programs manager.

"These experts offer insight into and study of the intricacies of disaster health management for first responders, military personnel, community volunteers or anyone interested in the roles associated with managing public health issues during a disaster," she said.

The new certificate in security intelligence helps people prepare for a career.

"This is a unique opportunity to acquire the education for a specific path toward a professional career in the field of intelligence and homeland security," Markowski said.

Added Perini, "These certificates build on the momentum of the exciting new efforts happening within (the institute) to provide educational services in partnership with academic units. This new educational service will position (the institute) for future growth and demonstrate our commitment to meet the needs of our military and private sector partners."