GPC Center for Organizational Development Starts Classes for TSA Employees

01/27/2011
Contact: Leon Bracey
Phone: 678-891-3021
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Author: Leon Bracey

For Immediate Release

The Georgia Perimeter College Center for Organizational Development has started one of the first classes in the nation at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for Transportation Security Administration employees interested in obtaining their Associates in Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

In coordination with the TSA and Explore GPC, TSA employees can take the Introduction to Homeland Security class. Students have an opportunity to learn important components in the fields of homeland security and emergency management.  The course provides an overview of these fields including historical events, policies, and practices that have provided the need for the development of homeland security and emergency management as a profession.  The class also discusses the importance of the agencies associated with Homeland Security and their interrelated duties and relationships.  The class explores state, national, and international laws impacting Homeland Security, and examines the most critical threats confronting Homeland Security. 

“When you work in this field the possibilities are unlimited on response, recovery, mitigation or preparedness,” said Derwin Daniels, one of the instructors for the course. “College courses should bring the level of TSO’s and their work to higher heights. They are our first defense against transportation terrorism and more knowledge is power. “

Hartsfield-Jackson is the first of 43 airports in a national program rollout from TSA to host this program. Future classes will include Intelligence Analysis and Security Management. Those courses will start in spring 2011.

“I am proud of the fact that GPC was one of, if not the first college contacted to provide classes at Hartsfield-Jackson,” Daniels said. “This gives our degree program a real shot in the arm. We hope that the students involved with the 3 classes continue at GPC to pursue their degree in Homeland Security/Emergency Management. “

“These courses provide individuals with a greater knowledge and understanding of the principles and workings of homeland security,” said Wally Weihe, director for the Center for Organizational Development. “That allows the TSO to better understand their role in the vital issue of the safety of our nation.  It also provides a pathway to a degree in higher education, and gives the employees a growth and promotion path within Homeland Security that might not be available elsewhere.” 

Student response has been positive.

“Students are showing up to class prepared to discuss world events as it relates to their jobs,” Daniels said. “I can tell their excitement from class participation and the few that have missed any classes.”

According to Weihe, the impact of this program cannot be underestimated.

“GPC views itself as an integral part of the communities within which we educate and live,” Weihe said. “The outreach programs of GPC take on numerous shapes, by providing contract training of the sort being performed for Homeland Security, the communities can see that we do more than provide a two-year degree program.”

The Georgia Perimeter College Center for Organizational Development 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 on-site and online courses are available. For more information, please visit www.gpc.edu/orgdev.

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Georgia Perimeter College, the third largest institution of the University System of Georgia, serves more than 25,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta. For additional information, visit www.gpc.edu.