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Law enforcement officers may be eligible for Penn State credits

8/18/2004 —

Penn State University’s College of the Liberal Arts and the College of Health and Human Development have approved the awarding of credit via portfolio assessment for two programs that train law enforcement officers – the Deputy Sheriffs’ Academy and the Act 120 program. Candidates who have successfully completed one or both of these programs may be eligible for up to 16.5 credits toward a Penn State bachelor’s degree. Successful acceptance of the credit awards for these programs will be added to the applicant’s Penn State record at the time an offer of admission is made. “We are delighted that the University is recognizing and awarding credits for the valuable training that police officers receive” said Katharine Flanagan-Herstek, director of student and enrollment services. “There has been a lot of interest at our campus from law enforcement officers who realize that the 16.5 credits earned amounts to a full semester of work that can count toward a bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice (AOJ). In addition, our AOJ classes are conveniently scheduled to accommodate work and family obligations.”

The Deputy Sheriffs’ Academy is offered at Penn State as an outreach service of the College of the Liberal Arts. The Act 120 program which trains Municipal Police officers is offered by colleges, universities, and selected police academies.

For more information on the Administration of Justice program or credit via portfolio assessment program, call the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Admissions Office at 570-675-9238.

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