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Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop

Posted 12/3/19

DMACC Homeland Security Certificate Program Chair Steve Barger attended an Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop on November 19th, 2019.  The workshop was coordinated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Infrastructure Security Division and co-hosted by the Polk County Emergency Management Agency.  The workshop was held to reaffirm a dedication to the security and resilience of the Nation’s infrastructure.  The workshop had attendees from law enforcement, education, and public and private sector stakeholders.


 TSA Adjunct Instructor Paul Schmick is tapped by Security and Sales Integration Magazine with Execs from Leading US Integrators to talk Cyber, Workforce Shortage and More in the Annual Rountable at PSA Tech 2019

Posted 5/22/19

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First TSA employee to graduate with Criminal Justice Degree from DMACC

Posted 5/3/19

Danielle Nicol and Steve Barger at DMACC Commencement
Danielle Nicol from Columbus, Ohio is the first TSA agent to receive a Criminal Justice degree from DMACC through our DMACC TSA Associates program.  Read the release here.


DMACC Instructor Receives Department of Homeland Security Infrastructure Protection Certificate through Texas A&M Extension Service (TEEX)

Posted 11/12/18

Jason Junkens received the Infrastructure Protection Certificate from DHS through a program administered by TEEX after successfully completing all four DHS-certified courses (AWR213 Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Awareness, MGT310 Threat & Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment, MGT315 Critical Asset Risk Management, MGT414 Advanced Critical Infrastructure Protection).

This certificate program combines a broad understanding of homeland security infrastructure protection doctrine with an in-depth examination of key concepts and practices in integrated risk management, private-public partnerships, capabilities-based and community-focused planning, and whole community resilience strategies.
The TEEX Infrastructure Protection certificate is designed for professionals who wish to enrich their personal knowledge and skills related to critical infrastructure security and resilience.

Mr. Junkens completed his training on November 9, 2018. 

More information on TEEX’s Infrastructure Protection Certificate

DMACC Adjunct Instructor Completes Certified Forensic Computer Examiner


Ward Crawley 

DMACC Adjunct Instructor Ward Crawley successfully completed recertification as a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner.  The certification is from IACIS, The International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists.  ( Instructor Crawley has been a certified forensic computer examiner since 2009 and is assigned as a Special Agent, Forensic Examiner with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Cyber-Crime Unit/ICAC Task Force.  Instructor Crawley also serves as a DMACC Adjunct Instructor in the TSA Associates Program and the Criminal Justice Program.  Congratulations Ward!


DMACC Homeland Security Certificate Program Chair Graduates from FEMA’s National Emergency Management Basic Academy

Steve Barger holds graduation certificate 

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) graduated Steve Barger who completed all requirements of the National Emergency Management’s (EMI) Basic Academy.  DMACC Executive Vice President Stanley Jensen, FEMA/EMI Training Specialist Jeffrey Januchowski, Iowa Emergency Management Association President Scott Hansen, and Iowa Homeland Security Acting Director Joyce Flynn, are shown congratulating Mr. Barger as he graduates. 


Steve Barger Receives the 2018 DMACC Distinguished Service Award


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DMACC Transportation Security Administration Homeland Security Certificate Program Chair Steve Barger of Indianola was named the Distinguieshed Service Award recipient by the DMACC Foundation. Barger's fantastic commitment to providing outstanding customer/student service that continues to catch the attention of the TSA program office is the reason the program continues to grow.


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Basic Academy Graduation


Group photo of FEMA graduates

Professionals in Emergency Management, Law Enforcement, Corrections, Education and Healthcare from five states have just finished classes at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Basic Academy. The specialized training is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and co-sponsored and hosted by Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC).  A special graduation ceremony was held for those Academy participants who have completed the program at DMACC Southridge Center on Aug. 16, 2018.  

The Basic Academy is generally taught in Emmitsburg, Maryland at the Emergency Management Institute National Emergency Training Center.  This is first time it has been held in Iowa, utilizing Iowa and DMACC instructors.

Joyce Flynn, Interim Director, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD); Stan Jensen, Executive Vice President, DMACC;  Jeffrey Januchoski, FEMA/EMI Training Specialist; and Scott Hansen, President, Iowa Emergency Management Association (IEMA), will recognize the graduates and hand out completion certificates.

The class consisted of four weeks of intensive, interactive training on the fundamentals of emergency management, the science of disasters, operations planning, public information operations and exercise design and evaluation.


​DMACC Co-Hosts the FEMA National Emergency Management Basic Academy with, the FEMA Emergency Management Institute, and the Iowa Department of Homeland Security.


Group photo of FEMA attendees 

The academy was held over four weeks at the DMACC Southridge Campus.  The training consisted of 152 hours of intensive, interactive training, and was attended by 24-40 people weekly.  Participants included professionals in Emergency Management, Law Enforcement, Corrections, Education, and Healthcare from five states.

DMACC Instructor Graduates from FEMA's National Emergency Management Executive Academy

Jason Junkens receiving a certificate
FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) graduated Jason Junkens who completed all requirements of the National Emergency Management Executive Academy.  Katie Fox, Acting Deputy Administrator, Protection and National Preparedness, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security is shown congratulating Mr. Junkens as he graduates.  Photo by Shane Gibbon / FEMA