Public Service Workers Getting Access to Education

Dawn Papandrea | October 27, 2011

A new program offers scholarships for police officers shines light on schools that are working to accommodate public servants and shift workers.

Herzing University recently announced  that the  International Union of Police Associations (IUPA) has joined its Badge-to-Grad Scholarship Program, which offers members and their families a discounted tuition rate. Among the school’s offerings are programs in criminal justice, homeland security, paramedic, and fire science.  IUPA members will also have access to master’s, bachelor’s and associate degree and diploma programs in the technology, business, healthcare and design fields.

This is great news for those in the law enforcement field, but it’s encouraging for all working adults as well. It shows that more and more institutions of higher learning are recognizing that people who are already part of the workforce can benefit from returning to the classroom. As such, it’s easier than ever to find degree programs that can be completed at your own pace, online, or during night/weekend schedules.

It’s also a good reminder that there might be opportunities to go to school at a discounted rate, or even have your tuition reimbursed, depending on your industry and employer. It’s up to you to find out about such programs so the entire school expense doesn’t have to fall on you.

Have you ever taken courses or completed a program that was funded by your employer or an organization? Tell us about it.

-Dawn Papandrea

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