CVCC offering homeland security major

Chattahoochee Valley Community College students will soon be able to earn an associate degree in applied science and a certificate in Homeland Security.

The college is also establishing a public safety academy to bring its programs in criminal justice, fire science and emergency management programs under "one umbrella organization," CVCC president Laurel Blackwell said at a press conference Friday morning.

The curriculum was designed by a committee that included several local emergency management and public safety officials, including Russell County Sheriff Tommy Boswell and Russell County Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Chance Corbett.

Courses include cyber forensics and information security, bio-defense and agro-terrorism and crisis management.

The community college will begin offering courses for the homeland security curriculum in January 2008.

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