Homeland Security

Homeland Security

Drawing on over forty years of experience training first responders in the fields of police, fire and EMS; Oakland Community College expanded it's commitment to field of emergency services offering a Certificate of Achievement in the discipline of Homeland Security.

The Homeland Security program will expose students to domestic and international terrorism issues and strategies for countering terrorist threats. Best practices will be identified for successful security planning and threat assessment. The key principles of emergency management and disaster planning will be presented to deal with both man-made and natural threats. Successful students will acquire the fundamental knowledge for external certifications in the Incident Command System (ICS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).


OCC Homeland Security students please note that the course prefix for Homeland Security has been changed from HLS to CRJ.  When registering for courses please utilize the CRJ prefix when searching for and registering classes.  If you have questions regarding specific courses, please contact Ken Van Sparrentak.

Did you know? Many of the OCC Homeland Security Program courses are offered online.

OCC's Virtual Campus provides fully online services such as admissions, registration, counseling, academic support/tutoring, financial aid, bookstore, and library.

Become an OCC


Prospective students must meet standard OCC eligibility requirements. There is an open admissions policy, however in most cases a placement test and new student orientation must also be completed. Students should meet with a counselor before attempting this plan of study.


Programs are primarily offered on the Auburn Hills campus; however, OCC's Learning Management System, D2L, is available 24 hours a day. If you need to visit one of our five conveniently located campuses, then explore our website for hours of operation, maps, and related information.