Gerald Goebel Becomes Latest TSA Employee to Earn Criminal Justice Degree from DMACC
TSA employee Gerald
Goebel recently earned an online degree in criminal justice from DMACC
while working full-time at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky
TSA pays for tuition and textbooks for eligible employees to participate in the certificate program
Goebel joins a growing list of TSA employees who have earned degrees or are working toward degrees at DMACC
working full-time as a Transportation Security Inspector for the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Transportation Security
Administration (TSA), Gerald Goebel started taking online classes
through the DMACC TSA Associates program, which are free to eligible TSA employees.
Goebel doesn't work at the Des Moines International Airport -- or
anywhere in Iowa. He works at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky
International Airport (CVG).
In May of last year, Danielle Nicol
of Columbus, Ohio, became the first TSA employee to earn a Criminal
Justice degree through the DMACC TSA Associates program. This May,
Goebel of Hebron, Ky., joined a growing list of TSA Associates Program
Students to obtain a DMACC degree in Criminal Justice with a Homeland Security emphasis.
2017, TSA expanded its partnership with DMACC to provide for credit
Homeland Security courses to TSA employees in 36 states and the District
of Columbia, encompassing approximately 292 airports across the
northern half of the United States. A short time later, DMACC was
offering classes to TSA employees nationwide and at all federal
“This program afforded me an incredible opportunity to
earn a degree which is directly applicable to my profession, at no cost
to me, and will make me more effective in my position with TSA," Goebel
DMACC Criminal Justice Professor and Homeland Security
Certificate Program Chair Steve Barger said this program offers
employees like Goebel the opportunity to work toward a DMACC Homeland
“Through the TSA GRAD program, eligible
students can also work toward earning an Associate's Degree in Homeland
Security or a related field," Barger said.
The DMACC Homeland
Security Certificate Program, as delivered as part of the TSA Associates
Program, offers three core courses focusing on the best practices and
latest techniques to deter terrorists including:
Introduction to Homeland Security
Intelligence Analysis and Security Management
Transportation & Border Security
Certificate Program is open to all full- and part-time TSA employees
who have been employed at least six months. TSA pays for the tuition and
textbooks of employees eligible to participate. Once the TSA employee
successfully completes the nine-credit certificate, he or she may have
the opportunity to participate in other TSA funded courses or to pursue a
two-year DMACC Criminal Justice degree with a concentration in Homeland
Security or related field as part of the TSA GRAD Program. Some
students, like Goebel, worked toward and/or earned degrees prior to the
inception of the GRAD program.
“We congratulate Gerald on his
initiative and motivation to earn his Criminal Justice Degree and
commend the TSA for making this investment in their employees to help
them reach their goals," Barger said.
DMACC continues to work to
expand partnerships with the TSA and offer expanded opportunities for
students to meet their educational goals in the most efficient and
To learn more, visit www.dmacc.edu/tsa.
For more information, contact: Steve Barger, (515) 721-0063, firstname.lastname@example.org