Helping TSA officers earn their wings

Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) has partnered with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to help TSA employees earn associates degrees in Homeland Security and Emergency Management. GPC is one of 70 colleges that have partnered with the TSA for the associate degree program.  More than 2,500 participants have enrolled in courses at 76 airports nationwide.

The first 30 TSA students based at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport recently completed three courses in the Homeland Security education program. The students focused on historical events, policies and practices that have provided the need for the development of Homeland Security and Emergency Management as a profession.

Instructors discuss the importance of the agencies associated with Homeland Security and their interrelated duties and relationships.  Also, the class explores state, national and international laws affecting Homeland Security and the most critical threats that may confront TSA officers.

GPC’s Center for Organizational Development runs this unique program. The center offers customized professional development, training and consulting services to businesses, government agencies and community organizations. Training classes are designed to meet the needs of businesses and organizations. Both onsite and online courses are available.

Pictured Above: Wally Weihe, Director of the Center for Organizational Development at GPC is presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from Michael Novak, Assistant Administrator of Training and Workforce Engagement for the TSA and Gina Nightengale, Director of Learning and Development for the Office of Training and Workforce Engagement.

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