Implications of Homeland Security School

The criminal justice program at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL began offering a certificate in homeland security training in the spring of 2008. And this June, the program will break ground on a $25 million Homeland Security Education Center.

In an article on the Chicago Tribune website, Ted Gregory says the Center is expected to open in the fall of 2011. Its curriculum will cover terrorism methodology, cyberterrorism, bioterrorism, emergency urban response and more. The Center will include a “tactical village” that looks like a street scene, as well as an emergency operations command center, a lecture hall that will serve as a mock courtroom, advanced forensics technology and cybercrimes labs.

The Courier student newspaper and some faculty at the college have expressed concern over the Center’s hefty price tag, and over the safety implications of a planned shooting range and the storage of ammunition at the new Center.

College of DuPage started offering homeland security programs soon after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The new Homeland Security Education Center is, in part, in response to projected job growth in the field of homeland security.

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