Washington Adventist University (WAU) offers three certificates to prepare students to meet the increasing demand for skilled professionals dedicated to protecting the U.S. The Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response Certificate, Cyber Security Certificate, and Homeland Security Certificate focus on helping people, communities, and businesses prepare and respond to natural and man-made disasters. The program provides a broad-based understanding of the field while also allowing students to focus on an area of specialization.
WAU’s Homeland Security Program allows working professionals to add a focus in homeland security to their careers or improve their skill sets. It prepares for a specialty in federal, state, and local governments as well as the private sector. The WAU certificates are therefore ideal for companies, firms, and government agencies who wish to advance employees’ training in the field, or individuals who seek to demonstrate competence in occupation-specific skills or advance practice skills.
At the successful completion of each certificate, students are well-prepared for promotional opportunities or entry-level employment. A certificate is also well-suited for students who wish to add to their academic plans. While each certificate will upgrade the skills of personnel employed in the industry and prepare students to transfer to a specialty degree, the WAU Homeland Security Program has a more significant purpose. The certificates integrate security and public safety issues with an understanding for service. The program, therefore, aims to have each student understand the current threats facing the U.S. and to ask of oneself, “How can I assist?” or “What area of service can I provide my country, my community, and humanity to prepare and respond to disasters and attacks?” The WAU program seeks not just to educate and train homeland security professionals, but to inspire a new generation of professionals who will lend their talents to protecting their homeland. Our commitment is demonstrated in our homeland security program mission statement:
It is the purpose of the Homeland Security Program to provide students with an understanding of current security and public safety threats and to consider solutions, including personal service to the community during natural and man-made disasters.