LIT offers Homeland Security degree entirely online starting in fall
BEAUMONT – Lamar Institute of Technology will offer its Homeland Security program entirely online, beginning with the Fall 2011 semester. Students can earn an associate of applied science degree or a certificate of completion in Homeland Security. The LIT program was the first one in the state approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Skills Standards Board to offer an associate of applied science degree in Homeland Security.
Offering the course online means that students all over the world will be able to attend LIT through their computers. Robin Lisk, Director of Distance Education, is responsible for shepherding LIT into the age of online education. She says there are certain people for whom getting a degree entirely online is the perfect choice.
“[The online program] would be perfect for a person who is trying to balance work, life and family, particularly if he or she is trying to balance shift work or a full-time job,” said Lisk. Being able to log on to the class materials and lectures at any time benefits those students, she said. The successful online-only student will also feel comfortable with basic computer skills, have reliable Internet access and be self-motivated.
The Homeland Security program is the first associate’s degree program to be offered entirely online at LIT. The certificate program in Health Informatics is available online only, also.
Lisk said that the Homeland Security program lends itself easily to the online delivery method. “The LIT program is very well-established,” she said. The subject matter also makes it a perfect choice to be offered to students across the nation, if not the world. “It’s a great opportunity for current members of the military, as well as those who are transitioning to civilian life,” Lisk said. “LIT is offering this service to our military, to those who are helping out with the safety of our nation.”
The only difference between attending the LIT campus for an A.A.S. in Homeland Security, and earning the degree online is the delivery method, said Lisk. “The curriculum is the same, the certificate or degree is the same, the diploma will look the same,” she said. “The students will have to meet the same expectations as an on-campus student.” Additionally, on-campus students who may want to take additional courses each semester, but who are juggling a work and family schedule, can take advantage of having courses online.
Several LIT programs are more than 50 percent online already. The fall semester begins on Aug. 22.
For more information on the online Homeland Security program, call (409) 880-8293 or (409) 880-7432.