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Education and Training


The BTI Institute Education and Training effort is focused on enhancing the professional competencies of the current DHS workforce and educating the next generation of Homeland Security professionals. To this end, the Institute has undertaken a number of initiatives. 

Education & Training Factsheet

Education Overview Presentation

Current Initiatives

  • Curriculum Development
The Institute is developing academic programs in the critical areas of Border Management and Cross-Border Trade and Transport Security. The Institute will develop two certificate programs, a bachelor of science, a minor, and a master's degree program. For more...
  • Homeland Security Summer Internship (US Military Academy at Westpoint and US Coast Guard Academy)

Cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at Westpoint and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy are invited to participate in a summer internship at the BTI Institute focused on a relevant Homeland Security research project. The cadets are coupled with principal investigators from active research projects and assist with the project throughout the summer. 

Past Initiatives

  • Brown Bag Series
A series of Department of Homeland Security relevant lunch-and-learns designated to inform the current and future Homeland Security Enterprise workforce. The events are free and open to the public. More information can be found here:
A speakers series focused on transnational flows and the way people, goods, and data flow without regard to geographic boundaries. The series gives subject-matter experts and thought leaders an opportunity to discuss key issues in the areas of borders, trade, and immigration with government and business leaders, students, and faculty. 

The HS Symposium series is hosted by the Center for Law and Human Behavior at the University of Texas at El Paso. The intention of the symposium series is to increase the amount of education and training on DHS related issues and relevant security subject matter provided to homeland security enterprise practitioners and first-responders.  The symposiums are open to individuals affiliated with the Department of Homeland Security as well as local federal, state, local, and tribal agencies.