The finding trained, entry-level Customs Compliance Specialists represents a critical concern for U.S. importers and exporters, and U.S. industries that depend on the movement of goods across our borders.
This project will help fill the need for entry-level Customs Compliance Specialists by supporting the launch of a new non-degree, workforce training program at Blinn College. Also to enhance the professional development and career interests of students and make them aware of career opportunities within the homeland security enterprise.
This effort combines the strengths of Blinn College’s applied technology, workforce development expertise with a leading industry certification program developed by the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America. The Blinn Customs Specialist Scholars Training Program will provide opportunities for students to develop hands-on technical skills and conduct research to help provide solutions to DHS mission-relevant problems.
|Project Lead||Blinn Community College Bryan, Texas|
|Research Team||Co-PI: Jimmy Byrd, Ph.D. Blinn College District|
Co-PI: Karla Flanagan, MBA Blinn College District
Co-PI Jay Anderson Blinn College District
Co-PI: Katlin Shoemaker CBTS
Industry Mentor: Cynthia F. Whittenburg National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America
|Duration||August 2023 – July 2024|
CBTS Contact: Katlin Shoemaker – Katlin.Shoemaker@ag.tamu.edu
Materials for program participants
Invitation to program announcement by Blinn College
An open invitation to an announcement ceremony at Blinn College on Sept. 20, 2023, announcing the Customs Specialist Scholars Training Program
Flyer: Begin your path to becoming a customs broker
A flyer encouraging Blinn College students to join the Customs Specialist Scholars Training Program focus on becoming a customs broker
Flyer: Get your start as a customs specialist
A flyer encouraging Blinn College students to join the Customs Specialist Scholars Training Program