Community colleges excel in anti-terrorism, safety training. With classes like “Terrorism Risk Assessment” and “Radioactive Materials” already in course catalogs, community colleges are trying to cement their position as the country’s leader in homeland security education. About 20 community college presidents from around the nation will gather in Washington, D.C., this weekend to develop a long-term strategy and national standards. “Five years ago if you wanted to take a course on terrorism you basically had to go to the military,” said Dan Snyder, president of Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville, 60 miles north of Philadelphia. “Today I think you’re seeing a lot more training, and the facilities that are necessary to provide that high-level training.” Homeland security classes are now offered nationwide. Surging interest after September 11, 2001, has fueled new degree programs and the building of homeland security training centers. Full Story
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