I cannot begin to tell you how much I truly enjoyed the TSA Associate program. I was originally interested in the classes because I thought that they would help me with my growth and development as a TSO, and to be honest they looked interesting. I was right. These classes were extremely engaging. The three classes, “Introduction to Homeland Security, Intelligence Analysis and Security Management and Transportation and Border Security” are in depth and take a real-world approach to Homeland Security and the continuing and evolving threat. These classes are well put together and I felt that I was able to connect the knowledge that I gained in these classes to my work environment immediately. These classes also challenged me to rethink concepts and ideas that I thought I already had a good grasp on and expanded my knowledge on Homeland Security/TSA and the challenges we face every day in pursuit of our mission.
The classes are three credit each and designed in a format that is easy for the working professional like my self to be able to balance with my personal/work life. As they are all online as long as your due dates are met you can work on it at any time. My instructors all had backgrounds in what they were teaching so they were able to share their knowledge and offer depth to the already robust curriculum. I never had a problem connecting with my instructors if I needed direction. The Black Board online platform was easy to navigate. Probably one of the best things about the class is that it was solely made out of TSA employees, so were able to all understand each other when it came to discussions.
The nine college credits it offers was a great companion to the credits that I had already earned from previous learning, and I was able to transfer my old credits to the college and with my new credits found that I was just over halfway to an AAS in Homeland Security which I am currently pursuing.
Steve Barger, the program chair, and Donna Kehr the program coordinator were easy to work with when I needed help to transfer my credits.
This is a free program to TSA employees and I believe it to be an invaluable asset to not only front-line employees but to all TSA employees in general who are looking to develop their talent within TSA.