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MCC launching homeland security program

Monroe Community College has announced a new certificate and degree program to begin this fall in homeland security.

The homeland security associate degree program, approved by the State University of New York and registered by state Education Department, prepares students to continue their education at a four-year institution or immediately enter the workforce, officials said.

The curriculum covers terrorism and terrorist motivations, the role of cybersecurity, emergency response strategies and tactics for safeguarding critical infrastructures.

Entry-level employment is available in a wide range of positions, such as immigration and customs inspector, transportation security screener, uniformed first responder, information security analyst and emergency planning specialist, officials said.

Demand for expertise in homeland security and emergency management has increased over the past decade across the nation and is projected to continue growing, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Data show the number of full-time Department of Homeland Security civilian and military employees has increased some 31 percent since 2006.

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