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Germanna Center for Workforce launches Homeland Security Program, providing training for private- and public-sector jobs
The future is not as glamorous as the past.
But it’s smarter.
So when David A. Broadhurst taught people to be spies, it wasn’t the macho, cloak- and- dagger, martini-drinking, shaken-not-stirred, Bond… James Bond … type.
No, Broadhurst, a Stafford County resident who started up the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency’s own college, trained 21st century Star Trek-geek type spooks.
He shaped the futuristic intelligence and Homeland Security operatives who use satellites, drones, pixels and computers, play war games and whose drink of choice is more likely a Diet Coke than a martini.
Broadhurst’s job was to “enhance” 5,000 NGA employees.
Now he’s taken what he learned doing that and is applying it to intelligence and homeland security training at Germanna Community College’s Center for Workforce & Community Education at the Fredericksburg Area Campus in Spotsylvania.
He’s helped Germanna’s Center for Workforce build a program that includes short but intensive courses in Critical Infrastructure Protection, Cyber Security, Risk Assessment & Management, an introductory course about terrorism and many more.
“We have a stable of instructors, all senior intel folks, who are very well qualified,” Broadhurst said.
“Some of the courses cover an overview of the U.S. intelligence community, critical thinking, intelligence analysis—how an analyst makes assessments..”
Broadhurst said the target audience includes adults with degrees who are seeking to add credentials that will help them get jobs in the intelligence community, and in homeland security, both public and private; military personnel making the transition to the private sector; and young people seeking to begin careers related to national security.
Germanna Vice President of Workforce, Community and Institutional Advancement Jeanne Wesley says intelligence and homeland security training offers a path to career-switchers asking, “How can I take my life skills and what I’ve learned in the past and package them in a way that helps?” They can quickly add valuable skills that are in demand, she says.
There will be a course that focuses on the fundamentals of advanced geospatial intelligence, an introduction to reconnaissance and surveillance, homeland security vs. intelligence, protecting critical infrastructure and protecting key resources from attack and on dealing with natural disasters– leading to FEMA certification, he said.
A course on risk assessment prepares students to deal with hazards and threats, Broadhurst says.
Cyber-attacks are now considered by some to be the most grave threat to national security. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has warned Congress that “the next Pearl Harbor” is likely to be a cyber-attack.
Private companies and government agencies around the region must fend off such attacks, and cyber security certification is part of the new Workforce program. Germanna also offers a for-credit cyber security class.
Broadhurst said a wave of Baby Boomer retirements is coming that will create many openings at the Department of Homeland Security and intelligence community agencies.
Go to http://www.germanna.edu/Academics_And_Student_Services/Class_Schedule/?type=noncredit or call 540/891-3012 for more information and to register.