Homeland Security

Program Description:

The Homeland Security program is a unique combination of rigorous academic study applied to real world safety and security challenges and opportunities. Student-directed academic inquiry is focused on issues related to terrorism, immigration, disaster resilience, globalization, emergency management and community safety. With an emphasis on learning directly from practicing homeland security professionals, students are able to more fully understand how to prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters and public safety threats.

Additionally, students in the Program study and learn in the only high school Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in the country. The EOC is available to all Southwest Washington and Portland area community businesses and agencies who would like to partner with our students by training and exercising in this unique learning environment. Allowing students to observe or assist in real life emergency management training and exercises helps them connect what they are learning in class to the professional world of Homeland Security.

Course Curriculum Includes:

  • History of Homeland Security
  • Introduction to Homeland Security
  • Emergency Management Planning and Operations
  • Disaster Response
  • Public Health
  • Incident Command Systems
  • Cyber/Border/ Transportation/Health Securities
  • Supply Chain Security
  • Globalization
  • Policy and Legal Dimensions of National Security
  • Domestic and Foreign Policy
  • Evolution of World Terrorism
  • Ethical Leadership, Management and Decision Making
  • Civics
  • Professionalism and Leadership
  • Career Planning

Program Benefits:

  • Up to 14 college credits
  • 3 high school credits
  • Deep understanding of the homeland security enterprise
  • Learn in an on-site Emergency Operations Center
  • Academic focus on terrorism, immigration, emergency management, globalization, disaster resilience and community safety.
  • Field trips and guest speakers
  • State-of-the-art technology
  • Preparation for post-secondary education and job training
  • Leadership and community engagement opportunities

Industry Certifications:

  • Community Emergency Response Team
  • Introduction to the Incident Command System
  • Introduction to Exercises
  • Fundamentals of Emergency Management
  • National Incident Management System
  • National Response Framework
  • 21st Century Skills Certification


  • Reading and writing proficiency – 10th grade level
  • Excellent high school attendance record


  • Successful completion of writing HSPE

Note:  Upon acceptance into the program, student and parent/guardian are encouraged to participate in the Orientation at Cascadia Tech Academy.


  • Possible enrollment in a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO)

Career Opportunities – entry level:

  • Community Health Worker
  • Security Screener
  • FEMA Reservist
  • Transportation Security Officer
  • FEMA Corp
  • Emergency Management Fellowship
  • FEMA Internship Programs
  • Cyber Security Internship Programs
  • DHS Internship programs

Career Opportunities – with further education:

  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Emergency Preparedness Specialist
  • Explosives Expert
  • Security Specialist
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Cyberspace Protection
  • Supply Chain Resilience
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations
  • Secret Service Agent
  • Customs and Border Patrol Officer
  • Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent
  • Transportation Security Screener
  • State/Local Law Enforcement
  • Fire Service

Program Supply List/Student Cost:

  • Uniform polo shirt approximate cost $22 are to be purchased through Designs of All Kinds, order at https://www.designsofallkinds.com/product-category/schools/cascadia-tech-academy/ and click on Homeland Security polo shirt, either Men’s or Women’s style. Your teacher will distribute your polo shirt in class.
  • CTSO membership fee (optional) $25
  • USB drive 4G approximately $10 – 15
  • Family medical insurance or student accident insurance is required.

Credit Equivalencies and College Credit:
Click here to learn more about credit equivalencies as well as the articulation agreements and college credits available for each program.

Note: Student accident insurance is available through your sending high school.

If you have concerns regarding these expenses, please see Peggy Leifheit in our Business Office. There are funds available for qualifying students. Ms. Leifheit can be reached at 360-604-1050 ext. 2158 or at Peggy.Leifheit@evergreenps.org.