The Laredo College Homeland Security Studies Program
(HSSP) will have free information sessions for those interested in registering
for the one-semester certification, two-semester
certification, or the Associate of Applied Science Degree.
Prospective students who desire to gain new skills or
professionals who wish to specialize in this field may obtain the HSSP
certifications or associate degree. Individuals interested in a career in
Homeland Security both in the area of frontline law enforcement such as Customs
and Border Protection, Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), or mission support
roles will benefit significantly from the topics covered in this new program.
“This program will provide advanced knowledge so that
the student would start their career with a higher level of understanding which
would decrease the amount of stress new hires are exposed to,” Homeland
Security Studies Instructor Dr. Michael Bailey said.
Bailey will be leading students as the Homeland
Security Studies Program instructor. He is a subject matter expert in Homeland
Security as well as Border and Transportation Security. Bailey is also a
veteran of the United States Army (1985-1991), a U.S. Border Patrol Watch Commander
retiree (2019) and has over 22 years of experience in federal law enforcement.
“Due to the broad experience, preparation and
curriculum our instructor has, we greatly encourage professionals and Laredoans
interested in the field to enroll and take advantage of this remarkable opportunity,”
Laredo College President Dr. Ricardo J. Solis said. “Our institution worked
closely with law enforcement agencies over the past years to create a comprehensive,
high-quality program that will develop current professionals and future experts
in the field.”
In order to qualify for the program, prospective
students must attend an information session. Some of the topics discussed
during the sessions will be program admissions, requirements and further details
about the program itself.
These sessions will be held at the Ft. McIntosh Campus
on April 21 and April 28 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the De La Garza Building, room
101. The capacity per session is 25 people. Prospective students must register for
either session in order to attend. All information sessions will adhere to all
state, federal and local health and safety protocols.
The program starts in August 2021 in a hybrid format,
which consists of online and face-to-face instruction. All instruction will be
virtual, while labs will be held on campus while adhering to all state, federal
and local health and safety protocols.
For more information about the Homeland Security
Studies Program and to register for these informational sessions, prospective
students may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (956) 721-5400.