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Student Engagement - Homeland Security

The Institute for Homeland Security & Workforce Development provides a number of opportunities for students to learn about homeland security issues.  The Institute engages students in many activities including presentations to N.C. Legislature, focus groups for course development, future funding meetings and an array of other activities. Students are afforded these opportunities in the form of assistantships, internships and work study positions. The Institute also informs students of opportunities outside of the University and educates them about the many opportunities with the Department of Homeland Security.

The North Carolina Central University Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Initiative

North Carolina Central University’s Campus Community Emergency Response Team consists of students and staff volunteers trained in disaster preparedness and emergency response. The NCCU CERT’s mission is to serve the NCCU campus and surrounding community with rapid response services in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, when professional emergency services are likely to be overwhelmed or delayed. Emergency services personnel are best prepared to respond to disasters. CERT is equipped to serve as an augmented support to the NCCU campus and city’s first responders. NCCU CERT collaborates with campus partners, such as University Police, Athletics, and the Academic Community Service Learning Program, at non-emergency events, offering a secondary staffing presence for large-attendance activities.

The CERT (G317) Basic Training Course, developed for the National CERT Program, is offered to volunteers over the course of two intense weeks. Training is offered up to two times per semester. Instructors have completed the CERT Train-the-Trainer and/or have an extensive background in emergency management. Course topics include disaster preparedness, fire safety, a two-part module on disaster medical operations, light search-and-rescue operations, CERT organization, disaster psychology and terrorism.


The Institute for Homeland Security and Workforce Development continues to work with FEMA in various capacities. Some of our students have gone on to pursue careers within the FEMA CORE program. For more information please visit http://careers.fema.gov/cadre-call-responserecovery

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