Alion and Hampton University Partner to Deliver Homeland Security Certificate Program

Online program is designed to provide strong foundation in anti-terrorism and security issues

September 17, 2007 – Mclean, VA – In response to a rapidly growing need for expertise in homeland security and threat management, Alion Science and Technology today announced it is collaborating with Hampton University, of Hampton, VA, to deliver an online certificate program in homeland security. The first course, Homeland Security Fundamentals, will begin October 22nd 2007.

According to Don L. Rondeau, Alion’s Vice President of Homeland Security, the six-week program provides students with the unique opportunity to study with subject matter experts who will share their decades-long, real world experience in national security and critical infrastructure protection. The curriculum is comprised of three courses: Homeland Security Fundamentals; Anti and Counter Terrorism Strategies; and Threat Assessment and Risk Management Studies.

“Alion has many years of experience in developing and delivering distance learning solutions,” Rondeau said. “That, combined with our expertise in homeland security and emergency management issues, gives us the ability to integrate a powerful, effective solution with Hampton University and our other partners.”

Rondeau said that the courses were developed in partnership with TotalSecurity.US, which develops and maintains course content and provides instructors for courses and WebTrain Communications, Inc., which provides the online environment for interactive education.

Teresa Walker, Assistant Provost for Technology at Hampton University, said the program is aimed at helping professionals achieve their career goals by providing specialized education in a high-demand area. “The educational thrust is focused on real world events and solutions. This can give students a greater understanding of the issues, and will provide a foundation for career growth,” she said.

Walker said that the curriculum is designed to:

  • Provide a detailed foundation in domestic and international terrorism issues and threats
  • Examine the capabilities and limitations (strengths and weaknesses) of America’s terrorist enemies
  • Introduce students to domestic and international terrorism issues and threats with an update on the current threat activity

Rondeau said that the Homeland Security Certificate program is designed to help first responders, emergency officials, city managers and other professionals gain skills and insight so as to contribute to security efforts at a local, state or national level. Walker added that Hampton University is dedicated to making sure that the minority community has a voice in homeland security and emergency preparedness planning and direction.

Rondeau said that Hampton University, working with Alion, has been committed to showing leadership in homeland security and emergency response for several years. He cited the University’s Emergency Responders Virtual Environment (ERVE) system, which is a customized version of Alion’s Response Information Folder System (RIFS) application. This Web-based solution provides responders with a complete view of the campus’s infrastructure, including blueprints, panoramic photos, access routes and more. It also provides emergency alerting through Web, e-mail, text messaging, phone and instant messaging.

To learn more about the program or to register for classes, visit: www.hscp-hu.com.


About Hampton University

Hampton University, a dynamic, progressive institution of higher education, is a privately-endowed, non-profit, non-sectarian, co-educational, historically black university. It is located in southeastern Virginia and boasts one of the loveliest campuses in the nation, with a picturesque waterfront and historic buildings and landmarks. Hampton University has grown into a comprehensive university providing a broad range of technical, liberal arts, pre-professional, professional, and graduate degree programs. We also offer cultural entertainment and athletic events keep you in touch with the other students and members of the Hampton University family.

At HU, you will be a member of a University family that includes some of the nation's brightest and most promising students. Our 5,700+ students come to Hampton University from 49 states and 35 territories and nations. They represent urban centers, suburban communities, small towns, and rural areas.

Hampton University is a community of learners and educators. It is a place that will challenge your intellect and nurture your spirit; broaden your outlook and expand your opportunities. A place where you can meet people from a diversity of backgrounds and establish friendships that last a lifetime. HU's strong roots reach deep into the history of this nation and the African-American experience. But the University's sights, like yours, are set squarely on the horizons of the global community of the 21st century. And like you, we are focused on the extraordinary challenges and opportunities that await those who prepare for them. You see, that is Hampton University's commitment to help you plan for the future and chart your course for the journey through life.

Hampton University is a place that values scholarship, talents and achievement. It is also a place that values character. It is a place that believes in integrity, honesty, respect for oneself, respect for others, decency, dignity, responsibility and fairness. It believes in providing an "Education for Life" to the whole person.


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