Last week, Butler met with the press at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport to officially announce the launch of a new program aimed at offering specialized training to current and future Transportation Security Officers.
The Transportation Security Administration Associate Degree program allows TSOs to advance their education and improve their career advancement opportunities. At the same time, the program strengthens TSA by giving the workforce new skills and information, as well as tools to improve customer service. This program is a jump start for officers who want to pursue a degree in higher education while concurrently working for TSA. Homeland security is one of the fastest growing majors today, and TSA is positioning its employees to excel among their peers in the field.
“Butler knows a good thing when we see it,” said Butler President Jackie Vietti. “This is not only a good thing for the college, but a great opportunity for the community and the individuals who will benefit from this training.”
TSA is partnering with community colleges nationwide to provide TSOs the opportunity to work toward a TSA Homeland Security Certificate and/or an Associate Degree in Homeland Security or a related field. The Associate Degree program gives the TSA workforce the opportunity to work toward a certificate or degree at or near their home airport.
Currently, more than 1,500 officers are enrolled in the program across the country. In the Spring of 2011, classes will be available at more than 50 airports with 48 community colleges in 36 states, enabling nearly half of our officers the opportunity to enroll. By fall 2013, the program will be available at all 121 hub airports.
The course offers three classes: Introduction to Homeland Security, Intelligence Analysis & Security Technology and Transportation and Border Security. Officers receive a TSA Certificate of Achievement upon successful completion of the three courses.