Administration employees recently received certificates after
successfully completing three classes delivered at Omaha's Eppley
Airfield by Southeast Community College through a partnership with
Global Corporate College.
GCC is a network of community
colleges across the nation that delivers corporate training to
companies with a national and international footprint, according to
SCC's Dean of Continuing Education Bev Harvey.
Qualified TSA employees were
encouraged to enroll in a three-course program to earn nine college
credit hours and a TSA Certificate of Achievement. TSA employees
are being urged to use the nine credit hours to pursue an associate
degree in homeland security or a related field through SCC or
another college of their choice. The three-course program and
textbooks were paid for by the TSA, thus free to the TSA employees.
Introduction to Homeland Security, Intelligence Analysis and
Security Management and Homeland Security Transportation were the
three classes the students completed.
The 11 Transportation Security
Officers successfully completed the classes and were awarded
Certificates of Achievement at a ceremony at Eppley on July 10. The
first TSA graduates from the Eppley program are Karen Becker, Stoy
Bonner Jr., Emily Carlson, John Drickey, Lillian Gibler, Ashley
Granger, Nicholas Harshbarger, Brad Hyndman, William Kabourek,
Kimberly Keller, and Kelly Stangl.
TSA launched the pilot program in
2008 to determine the best approach to educating the TSOs while
causing minimal interruption to their work schedule. In spring
2011, Omaha's Eppley Airfield joined the program. SCC began
offering courses, through the GCC partnership, to TSOs at Eppley in
September 2011. As of spring 2012 there are 80 airports with 65 GCC
partner colleges participating in this program. There are more than
2,800 students enrolled in this program nationally.
Dr. Ron Snyder, a director in SCC's
Continuing Education Division, said the first series of classes was
"It was phenomenal," Snyder said.
"We were blessed with a very experienced instructor in retired
police officer Matt Jarvis. He has great knowledge of the adult
learner, provided very engaging lectures and class activities, and
he interacted well with the students."
Students evaluated the program at
the end of each of the three classes. Snyder said "the evaluations
for each class were very positive."
Anita Schinstock, training project
coordinator in SCC's Continuing Education Division, said that the
program had a positive outcome on the students.
"I have truly enjoyed witnessing the
personal growth in the students who have gone through the program,"
she said. "They now have a new outlook on homeland security, and
they can stand proud knowing that they are a part of it and truly
have an impact."
The TSA Associates program provides
TSOs an opportunity to kick-start their education toward an
associate degree in homeland security. The TSA has made a
significant investment of time and money in the TSA Associates
program. Currently, success in achieving the goals of the program
is measured by three major factors: completion, retention and