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Homeland Security

The NCCU Institute for Homeland Security and Workforce Development's (IHSWD) mission is to provide preeminent research and academia by providing quality training that keeps communities prepared and improves emergency preparedness of organizations internationally through educating future NCCU global leaders and engaging in ongoing research.

The institute was founded in 2006, under the direction of Criminal Justice Department Chair, Dr. Harvey McMurrary, through the assistance of former and current: FBI and ATF Agents, Police Chiefs and a County Emergency Management Director.

In 2010, the IHSWD was awarded a $238 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to assist faith-based and community organizations to become better prepared to address emergencies.

NCCU offers courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in homeland security, law enforcement, forensics, computer forensics, financial investigation, and bioterrorism counterintelligence through the Criminal Justice Department’s IHSWD.

The NCCU Institute for HSWD Career Resource Center serves as the nucleus for all NCCU students who desire Homeland Security related careers, Internships, Graduate Programs, and Work Study positions. Institute staff often counsels students about opportunities specific to the criminal justice and homeland security fields. The Center is located on the second floor of the Community Service Building between Campus Drive and George Street.

In addition, the IHSWD serves as a member of the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium to develop and deliver homeland security curricula to rural emergency responders.

Research & Training Interests

  • Improve international and domestic intelligence interoperability through community engagement and technology
  • Emergency and disaster management of industrial, environmental, and terrorist events
  • Role of faith-based organizations during emergency response and recovery
  • Assessing continuity of operations and emergency planning in underserved communities
  • First Responder training for rural and small communities
  • First Responder radiation detection research
  • Veteran workforce re-entry and engagement in disaster management

M. Chris Herring is the Institute for Homeland Security and Workforce Development Executive Director and may be reached at (919) 530-5206. 
For more information about student opportunities with NCCU's Institute for Homeland Security & Workforce Development contact Diane Sampson at (919) 530-6924.

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