Douglas County Sheriff’s Capt. John Milby has been accepted into an 18-month master’s degree program for the Department of Homeland Security’s National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
This program is offered at no cost to eligible local, tribal, state and federal officials.
To accommodate the candidate’s time constraints, students are required to be in residence two weeks every quarter. The remainder of the coursework is via the Internet. The degree is fully accredited and is awarded by the Naval Postgraduate School.
The degree program requires 18 months of continuous enrollment, coursework and a thesis.
Sheriff Ron Pierini said the program involves a significant commitment on the part of the participants and the agencies to which they are assigned. The courses are organized into quarters rather than semesters.
The residence campus is located in Monterey, Calif., or at the National Capital Regional campus in West Virginia.
Participants spend an average of 15 hours per week reading assigned materials and participating in online discussions with faculty and other participants as well as preparing papers and projects. This degree provides participants with the knowledge and skills to:
■ Develop strategies, plans and programs to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States and reduce America’s vulnerability to terrorism;
■ Build the organizational arrangements needed to strengthen homeland security, including local/tribal/state/federal, civil-military and interagency cooperation;
■ Help mayors, governors and federal officials improve homeland security preparedness by conducting “real world” actionable policy and strategy development.
“I am very pleased that our agency and Capt. Milby were selected from a pool of nationwide candidates,” Pierini said