April 17, 2015
CONTACT: Tamara Pratt, Assoc. VP Strategic Communications & Marketing, Rose State College, (405) 733-7961, firstname.lastname@example.org
MIDWEST CITY – As the nation pauses to reflect on the tragedy that struck Oklahoma City twenty years ago, when 168 lives were lost with the detonation of a huge truck bomb, the Homeland Security Institute at Rose State College is continually working.
“Terrorism in all its forms continues to present a real threat, said David Cid, Rose State Homeland Security Institute (HSI) Executive Director. “Rose State realizes the need for innovative training and education that will assist the nation’s first responders in identifying those warnings and indicators related to terrorism.”
Rose State HSI Director Cid worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 20 years with a focus on counterterrorism. He recently commented on his perception of what did not change in the world of prevention following the 1995 Murrah Building bombing. You can hear his comments on the Oklahoma Watch site.
Meanwhile, the college’s innovation is paying off. In the Fall of 2014 the Institute rolled out the first phase of its online course curriculum. 56 students enrolled in the first Counterterrorism courses. A level of participation considered to be an outstanding showing for a new class offering.
31 students enrolled in Counterterrorism courses in the spring of 2015. Several of those students leveraged the newly added academic degree option in counterterrorism to their Criminal Justice majors.
The team at the HSI are currently working on new online course offerings. Those counterterrorism courses include:
Fall 2015 Counterterrorism Education Offerings
Spring 2016 Counterterrorism Offering
Information on credit and non-credit classes is available at http://www.rose.edu/homelandsecurity.
The 1995 Oklahoma City bombing was the worst act of domestic terrorism in United States history.
Rose State College and the Homeland Security Institute is within 15 minutes of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and keeps the focus of terrorism prevention at the forefront of educational efforts.