WCTC graduates first class of TSA students

July 3, 2013

From livinglakecounty.com: “WCTC graduates first class of TSA students” — A group of 17 Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers became the first-ever class in the Milwaukee Metro area to earn certificates of achievement in homeland security issued by the TSA Office of Training and Workforce Engagement.

The employees completed coursework through Waukesha County Technical College and were recognized at a June 25 ceremony at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee.

“It has been our privilege to provide homeland security-related instruction to the dedicated TSA employees at General Mitchell International Airport,” said Brian Dorow, WCTC associate dean of criminal justice. “They have a significant responsibility each day to ensure the traveling public is safe, and I am confident that our courses will increase their knowledge base.”

The courses were taught by WCTC law-enforcement instructor Mark Stigler at the TSA field office in Milwaukee. Upon successful completion of the program’s three classes, officers also receive a jump start to pursue an associate’s degree from WCTC while improving their career advancement opportunities at TSA.

“The sharing of experience and knowledge among our fellow classmates established a connection that will increase our contribution to achieving the Department of Homeland Security’s goal of ‘one team, one mission, securing our homeland,’ said Transportation Safety Officer (TSO) Paulette Young.

This local group joins the more than 3,800 students nationally who have participated in the TSA associates program. It is designed to give the TSA workforce the opportunity to earn a certificate while also earning college credit. WCTC and General Mitchell International Airport are among the 88 colleges and 98 airports partnering nationwide in the delivery of the program, which is now offered in all 50 states.

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