Degree path is made easier

Excelsior’s efforts designed to help police, recruits

In the past few months, several male police recruits have become new fathers, according Rocco Fragomeni, director of the Zone 5 Regional Law Enforcement Academy, a training facility for police recruits and more experienced officers.

Fragomeni said a newly created partnership between the Schenectady-based academy and Excelsior College will allow the new mothers and their husbands or boyfriends in law enforcement to earn anywhere from an associate degree to a master’s degree at a reduced rate.

 “We’re happy with it (agreement) because the life of a first-responder or police officer is that you don’t always have time to go to college the way some other adult learner will go … The flexibility that the online learning at Excelsior provides for our members is outstanding.”

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