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The Intelligence Field is a Woman's Place

Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 10:18 AM
David Grabelski

Written by David Grabelski, Chair, Dept. of Intelligence Studies and Assistant Professor for the Erie Branch of the American Association of University Women's November monthly newsletter: eriepressible

Plan to visit Mercyhurst University's newest building - The Center for Academic Engagement on Monday, November 11 at 7:00pm. This new building houses the largest Intelligence Study program in the country. Assistant Professor and Department Chair, David Grabelski will start the evening with an overview of the Department of Intelligence Studies. As a much sought after instructor, he travels across the country giving lectures and programs concerning crime analysis, law enforcement intelligence and intelligence ethics.

As a result of the 9/11 attacks, the demand for trained intelligence analysts continues to grow and there is a need for competent and dedicated young persons to fill the intelligence community's job positions. These job openings are in both government and private business, and may be global or within our country. Mr. Grabelski will present the required skill sets and abilities needed to be successful in this field, as well as discuss internships and job opportunities available upon completion of the program. The intelligence field is academically challenging and combines a liberal arts core with foreign language requirements, computer skills, and a great understanding of international studies and world cultures. 

Where do women fit into this field? Several female students will share their school experiences and their ambitions with the program. They are truly representative of what our future careers will be like.

Mr. Grabelski has 40 years in strategic and tactical experience in law enforcement and in the intelligence community. His academics include a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Penn State, Main Campus and a M.A. in Corrections from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles. Prior to his current position, his background included over 20 years with the Los Angeles Police Department as a Homicide Detective and Gang Unit Supervisor and an instructor with the US Department of Justice at the National Drug Intelligence Center in Johnstown, PA as well as a contractor representative for Orion Scientific Systems, Inc.

Carpe Diem -- " Seize the Day" and join us on November 11 for this interesting and vibrant presentation. The Center for Academic Engagement is located on the east side of the Campus. The meeting is on the Fourth Floor, Room 300. Parking is located on the East and North side of the building. There is also a large parking lot on the West side of the Main Entrance driveway.


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