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The Homeland Security Skills Certificate at LAVC provides the student with career preparation for entry-level positions in the field of law enforcement,fire science and related medical fields.

This skills certificate program is designed for students who are interested in taking an active role in protection of our country on many fronts. People who work in homeland security anticipate, prepare for, prevent, and react to everything from pandemics to hurricanes to terrorism. These workers help to reduce our Nation's vulnerabilities and to minimize the damage from catastrophic events.
Our program, here at LAVC, provides you with the opportunity to learn tactics and strategies in an attempt to prevent or stop an active terrorist event.

  • First responders are the backbone in our country who risk their lives to save others.
  • It is an exciting profession that leads to employment opportunities across diverse fields.
  • Special units within the fire department, police agencies, FBI, Customs and transportation organizations all are intricately involved in this area.
  • As a result, well-trained professionals are needed to become part of this effort.
  • Students learn tactics and strategies in an attempt to prevent or stop an active terrorist event.

The Homeland Security Skills Certificate provides you with the foundation necessary to successfully apply for various positions within law enforcement or the fire service.

We prepare you to work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Whatever your interest, there's an opportunity at the Department Homeland Security for you.

A SKILLS CERTIFICATE in Homeland Security can be earned when the required classes [listed below]have been completed [17 UNITS].


Course Title


Adm Jus 1

Introduction to Administration of Justice


Fire Tech 96

Emergency Medical Technology


Adm Jus 439

Terrorism & Counter Terrorism


Adm Jus 441

First Responders for Homeland Security



                                     Total Units




Department Chair Al Cowan Emergency Services Department Chair:
Dr. Alan Cowen, Professor
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