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TSA to Salute First 16 to Complete Homeland Security

Media Advisory
July 6, 2010

 AACC is One of Only Three U.S. Colleges Within the Initial Pilot
of the New Employee Education Program  

WHO:             Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) and Transportation Security

                        Administration (TSA)

WHAT:          Ceremony to salute first 16 Transportation Security Officers and employees who completed a pilot homeland security education program with AACC, one of the initial three colleges in the U.S. to pilot the training. 

WHEN:          11 a.m. Wednesday, July 7, 2010

WHERE:       Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport international pier

EVENT CONTACT:  Laura E. Weidner, Ph.D., AACC dean of workforce development, 410-777-2371

      Members of the media are invited to join AACC and TSA at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 7, for an achievement ceremony at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to salute the first 16 TSA Transportation Security Officers and employees who completed a pilot homeland security education program with AACC.  The event will include information on a national program rollout.

      This group of Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) successfully completed the first three courses toward AACC’s Homeland Security Management degree and are receiving Certificates of Achievement from TSA.

      In 2008, AACC became the first of three U.S. colleges to pilot the program and deliver credit instruction leading to award of a certificate in homeland security, or an associate degree in homeland security or related field. TSA is rolling out the program to 50 sites nationwide by the end of next year.

      Keynote speaker at the ceremony will be George L. Tanner, Ph.D., the Department of Homeland Security Chief Learning Officer. Also speaking will be Andrew L. Meyer, Ed.D., vice president for learning, AACC; Philip Burdette, federal security director, BWI Airport; Gina Nightengale, deputy chief learning officer, TSA; Richard A. Whitford, assistant administrator for human capital, TSA; and Lee R. Kair, assistant administrator for security operations, TSA.

      The event will take place in the BWI international pier; park in the hourly parking garage. For information or to RSVP, contact Laura E. Weidner, Ph.D., AACC dean of workforce development, at 410-777-2371.