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First class graduates in program run by ECC, TSA

Erie Community College and the U.S. Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday honored 10 graduates who completed the first homeland security training program under a new partnership.

The graduates who completed the one-year program receive a TSA Certificate of Achievement in Homeland Security and have the credentials to work toward an associates degree in homeland security at ECC.

While enrollment for the coming year’s program has not been finalized, it is expected to increase, according to ECC spokesman Michael Farrell.

In 2008, the TSA launched the homeland security training program with airports and partnering community colleges in cities including Baltimore, San Antonio and Washington, D.C., testing the best approaches to educating employees. In spring 2013, 10 airports joined the program, including Buffalo Niagara International Airport and its partner college ECC.

This spring, there are more than 4,700 students enrolled nationally in 152 airports with 89 partner colleges.

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