Homeland Security

Homeland Security

Drawing on over forty years of experience training first responders in the fields of police, fire and EMS; Oakland Community College expanded it's commitment to field of emergency services offering a Certificate of Achievement in the discipline of Homeland Security.

The Homeland Security program will expose students to domestic and international terrorism issues and strategies for countering terrorist threats. Best practices will be identified for successful security planning and threat assessment. The key principles of emergency management and disaster planning will be presented to deal with both man-made and natural threats. Successful students will acquire the fundamental knowledge for external certifications in the Incident Command System (ICS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).


OCC Homeland Security students please note that the course prefix for Homeland Security has been changed from HLS to CRJ.  When registering for courses please utilize the CRJ prefix when searching for and registering classes.  If you have questions regarding specific courses, please contact Ken Van Sparrentak.

Did you know? Many of the OCC Homeland Security Program courses are offered online.

OCC Online provides fully online services such as admissions, registration, counseling, academic support/tutoring, financial aid, bookstore, and library.


This program is offered on the Orchard Ridge campus

Prospective students must meet standard OCC eligibility requirements – there is an open admissions policy and placement tests and new student orientation are required in most cases. Students should meet with an OCC counselor before attempting this plan of study.