All incoming city firefighters and police officers will be among the registered students at Columbus State Community College this fall
On Monday, Columbus State Community College and city officials announced the academic partnership.
The program puts all incoming firefighters and police officers on a direct path to receiving their associate degrees from the school.
According to city officials, the program is designed with three blocks of courses involving a combination of state certification courses and academic courses.
The first block of courses is taught at the police and fire academies and is required for both departments. Cadets take those courses as dual students and earn academic credits.
The second block is optional for police officers and is required for incoming firefighters. The third block is optional for both groups and focuses on general education requirements.
If the firefighters and police officers complete all three, they are in close reach of their associate degrees.
Columbus is paying tuition for firefighters and police. In addition, firefighters and police officers already working for the city would have the option to take the courses.
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