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NOVA introduces homeland security degree

Northern Virginia Community College is offering a new associate degree that focuses on homeland security. The new Homeland Security Specialization degree falls under NOVA’s Administration of Justice Program.

The Administration of Justice Program provides a broad foundation to prepare students to enter criminal justice or security administration fields. Current law enforcement personnel use the program for professional advancement.

The Homeland Security Specialization degree is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in homeland security and provide a pathway to specialized careers in such areas as cybersecurity, border security or emergency preparedness. Online job searches indicate a large job market with heavy demand in the Northern Virginia region.

Students will earn college credit for courses in Homeland Security and Nuclear Detection, Principles of Emergency Management, Crime Analysis and Intelligence, Police Response to Critical Incidents, Transportation and Border Security, Terrorism Response Planning, and more. Some courses offer FEMA certifications in vital national security areas.

The full program is available at NOVA’s campuses in Annandale, Manassas and Woodbridge, as well as online through the Extended Learning Institute. Some courses in the program will be offered at the Alexandria campus. To learn more, search NOVA’s Catalog for “homeland security” or contact Assistant Dean Jo Ann Short at jshort@nvcc.edu.

The program begins during the fall semester that starts Aug. 21. Students can register now at www.nvcc.edu.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.