I graduated in May 2017 with an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice with Police Academy Option. Approximately 35-40 members or family members of the Fraternal Order of Police were in this first graduating class from Eastern Gateway Community College. I have had the distinct pleasure and privilege of speaking at our Ohio State conference and at our National Conference about this unique partnership for free education.
As a member of the first group to attend E.G.C.C. there were a few glitches along the way. The faculty and staff at E.G.C.C. were always accessible and worked quickly to address any concerns. The application process, FAFSA application, and transfer of credits went very well. All my previous college classes transferred, and I was given credit for academy training. The various continuing education classes I have taken were evaluated and I was able to receive credit for some of those classes.
E.G.C.C. degree programs are in fact FREE. The only cost I incurred was for a cap and gown to wear at the graduation ceremony. My son-in-law also completed his A.A.S. in Criminal Justice (Summa Cum Laude) and wanted to participate in the graduation ceremony. He also had no costs except the cap and gown.
Without the partnership between the F.O.P. and E.G.C.C., neither one of us would have completed a degree. Being able to participate in this program has allowed me to increase my evaluation points and promotion points at work. It also has put me in position pursue further education.
Thank you for all you have done to assist the members of the Fraternal Order of Police. If I can be of any assistance to you or the college, feel free to ask.