BUIES CREEK, N.C. (WNCN) – Campbell University is just one of a handful of schools in the U.S. to offer a degree in Homeland Security.
The four-year program was launched just two years ago and allows students an opportunity to be hands on with tools being used law enforcement agencies and the military.
The program’s director, Dr. David Gray, said the 200 student enrolled in the homeland track will be well prepared when they enter the workforce.
Gray, a former CIA and air force officer, said the courses deal with everything from national security, international security, homeland security to emergency management.
Students are able to use a drone to practice identifying security breaches.
“It’s really a learning tool for our program and we’re really happy to have it,” said sophomore Joshua Duke.
Gray’s students use geospatial information software to track foreign enemy movements and analyst notebooks that can produce tendency charts on where terrorists may strike next.
Senior Cody Sholar has studied North Korea’s nuclear weapons use extensively.
“This technology is actually going to be an essential asset because it teaches us not only to see how the threats are going to be effecting us but the future generations,” Sholar said.
That future generation the students in the Homeland Security major are making safer.
Gray said his students are extremely focused and motivated to keep the U.S. safe.
The program is bringing in students from across the country to attend Campbell, Gray said.