23 More Distinguished TSA Scholars

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I feel left out. Nobody recognized me when I completed my first half-semester of college. :rolleyes:

    KFDI: TSA Officers recognized for completing certification

    Transportation Security Administration Officers at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport were recognized Thursday for completing a program in Homeland Security Studies. The program was offered through a partnership between the TSA and Butler Community College.

    23 officers received Certificates of Achievement for completing courses in Homeland Security, Intelligence Analysis and Security Technology and Transportation and Border Security. The ceremony took place at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon at Mid-Continent Airport.
  2. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    you're simply not talented enough. these folks can jam one hand up their *ss and scratch their nose with the other while simultaneously holding a non functioning drink test strip.
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  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    But they much prefer having that first hand up YOUR *ss in a private room.
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  4. Rugape

    Rugape Original Member

    Just so you know, I got my certificate in May, and I didn't make the news anywhere, I feel left out to Mike...;)
  5. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    They're working toward a BA, Bachelors of Assault.
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  6. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Meanwhile, in flyover country, 12 educated Gropenfrauen hatchlings have emerged from the sewers of Wichita ...

    Wichita Business Journal: Butler Community College, TSA program awards first certificates

    A new associate’s degree program formed in partnership with Butler Community College and the Transportation Security Administration at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport has its first group of graduates.

    Twelve people were awarded TSA certificates Thursday for the successful completion of the program’s three classes.

    Butler helped launch the program in February 2011.

    Note that the program was launched in February of 2011. That means it's taken three semesters and two summer sessions to find 12 Gropenfrauen with sufficent mental capacity to complete three mickey mouse courses.
  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I suspect I was penalized by for the 4 half-semesters of high school that I skipped, such that our pre-emergent psueo-TSA bean counter felt I hadn't met their timeline until the middle of my third semester of college. I'll probably never know, because both my first and third semesters were largely lost in an alcoholic fog.
  8. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    It's not like they even got a useful certification. EMT for example. Paramedic. Firefighter I. Or even CERT.

    (expletive deleted), I'd have more respect for them if they got a Technician level ham license.
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  9. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    A+? Microsoft Office Specialist?

    They all probably require too much in the way of actual skills for any current employee of the TSA to obtain.
  10. I wonder if the courses ever get around to discussing current affairs. You know, how the scanners were deployed unlawfully, and how they are now virtually operating in contempt of court.
  11. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    Probably not because that involves a lot of big words.
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  12. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Stop the Presses!
    21 more distinguished TSA scholar have surfaced in Nevada ...

    Vegas Inc: For TSA workers, program at CSN provides chance to shine

    ... 21 students honored at a ceremony for the inaugural class of the TSA Associates Program at the College of Southern Nevada ... among students taking specialized courses in security and intelligence analysis ...

    I have a really hard time picturing anyone at that education level (high school diploma or GED + 3 college courses) making any useful contribution in the "security and intelligence analysis". :rolleyes:

    Most people who have just completed high school or GED still need to firm up their basic skills (e.g. English comp, college algebra). That's often why they're at a community college instead of in a four-year program elsewhere.

    I guess it probably help them feel important as they assert their "authoritah".
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  13. spd

    spd Member

    From that article:

    I don't remember the TSA thwarting that plot. It would be fun to get a copy of that term paper. "Liquids over 3 ounces are bad. Liquids under 3 ounces inside a ziplock bag are harmless."
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  14. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I don't remember a plot. It was just buzz, tangos engaging in speculation about liquid bombs, no actual attempt at using one.
  15. You nailed it here, the thing that really troubles me about this. I've worked with students at this level, and you're right. In terms of critical thinking, they are in the fledgling stages at best. They cannot possibly be learning analysis in the real sense -- they must be being told what to think, what is true, and what to do.
  16. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    I'd have to agree, I doubt they have enough to even BS a paper at that level.
  17. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    But they could pay someone else to write it for them, like they do their regular exams...
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  18. It would be quite a stylistic challenge for somebody to write a paper that was believably bad enough to pass as non-plagiarized! :p
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  19. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

  20. I've said it before, but yes, how about all the areas in which they could use some real skills? Communication, civics, ethics, foreign language basics, customer service skills, multiculturalism, basic chemistry, anatomy and physiology, OSHA and health code studies, proper food and drink handling... did I miss anything? Most of these areas are available at the community college level.

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