Agents in Training to Earn Credit for Courses; Federal Law Enforcement Center Sets Program with Coastal Georgia College

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Byline: Terry Dickson

BRUNSWICK | The top administrators of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and College of Coastal Georgia signed an agreement Wednesday in which federal trainees can receive college credit for training programs taken at the center.

In fact, federal agents who trained at the center in the past three years may be eligible for college credit for training programs they already have completed.

Before she and FLETC Director Connie Patrick signed the documents, Coastal Georgia President Valerie Hepburn said the agreement will mesh the "incredible talents" of training center's training staff with those of the college's academic instructors.

Of the 13,000 graduates in the past three years, 4,500 work for agencies that don't require college degrees, Patrick said. But that leaves 8,500 who may be eligible for college credits up to 12 hours, she said.

Agents doing routine police work, such as border protection or working with the Capitol Police or Parks Police, don't need degrees but most criminal investigators do, Patrick said.

The college credit will help them work toward a degree, Hepburn said.

William "Skip" Mounts, dean of the School of Business and Public Affairs at Coastal Georgia, said college and FLETC officials went through a process called "cross walking," in which they compared three training programs at the training center with four academic courses at the college.

"We met and took those programs, looked at learning outcomes and seat time and compared them to our classes,'' Mounts said. "We determined the experience at FLETC, if they co-enrolled, would be the same education they would get here."

If they complete the training center's Criminal Investigation, Land Management Police Training and Uniform Police Training programs, the co-enrolled agents will receive college credit in Coastal Georgia's Introduction to Criminal Justice, Introduction to Law Enforcement, Introduction to Criminal Law and Introduction to Criminal Investigation, Mounts said. …