Homeland Security and Emergency Management

WKCTC will not be accepting students into this program for the fall 2017 – spring 2018 semesters.

Patriotic service to our homes, neighborhoods, and country

The mission of homeland security and emergency management organizations is to prevent terrorist attacks and respond to threats and hazards to the nation. This complex mission involves unifying a vast national network of organizations and institutions in a variety of fields. Because of the constant threat of natural and manmade disasters, demands in the field have increased dramatically. The program at West Kentucky Community & Technical College provides you with the necessary information and skills to help meet those demands. Check out our flyer.



Length of Program

You must complete 26 hours of credit for a certificate as a Homeland Security and Emergency Management Specialist and 63 hours of credit for an Associate in Applied Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Admissions Requirements

There are no special admission requirements for this program. Please consult WKCTC's general admission requirements.

Employment Opportunities

As a graduate of the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Program, you can seek job opportunities in both private and public sectors. Areas of opportunity include the following:

  • Border and transportation security
  • Emergency preparedness and response
  • Information analysis and infrastructure preparedness
  • Law enforcement
  • Fire protection

Opportunities in homeland security and emergency management are vast and growing. The federal government spends over $50 billion annually on homeland security and emergency management activities. Much more is spent by state and local governments and the private sector. Locally and nationally, according to the U. S. Department of Labor, earnings for many positions in the field range from $30,000 to over $45,000.

More Information

The associate degrees prepare students for opportunities and advancement in fields such as law enforcement, physical security, emergency management, fire services, emergency medical management, and disaster relief.

The certificate program is designed to provide an overview of agencies in the field and how they function within the National Incident Management System. The program prepares students for opportunities and advancement within organizations that have safety, security, and emergency management needs.

Course Offerings

Program courses offered through WKCTC include the following:

  • Homeland Security
  • Emergency Management
  • Public and Community Health
  • Principles of Asset Protection
  • Physical Security
  • Computer Forensics
  • EMT First Responder
  • Criminal Procedures
  • Terrorism and Political Violence
  • Fire Science

Contact information

Gary Reese, Program Coordinator