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Ken Grzywa is a relationship manager on hand to advise law enforcement, firefighters, corrections officers, and security professionals on how higher education can make a difference in their career fields. His specialty is Bellevue University’s Public Service degree programs.

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Why do I want a degree?

Posted by on July 17, 2009

Why do I want a degree? Won't the law enforcement agency that hires me train me?

Willie Woolford

Posted by Willie Woolford

While most police agencies teach the tactical part of law enforcement, a bachelor’s degree concentrates on the management side of the job. Bellevue University’s Criminal Justice degree programs help prepare you for leadership positions and better paying jobs. Courses cover topics such as resource management, ethics, and public policy.

By the way, Bellevue University awards 24 credit hours toward your degree for completion of the police academy.


Core prerequisites for the degree

Posted by on July 17, 2009

If I take an academic sabbatical, how do I know the core prerequisites for the degree won't change and I'll end up having to take even more classes later?

Willie Woolford

Posted by Willie Woolford

In today’s rapidly changing world, having the most updated knowledge and skills you can is vitally important in a job search. If you’ve taken a break of seven years or more from an educational program, it is likely that you will have to be re-evaluated under a new catalog of classes.

That’s why I highly recommend Bellevue University’s accelerated bachelor’s degree completion programs. You can complete your bachelor's degree in as little as 12 months. Enroll with your associate's degree, or close to 60 credits, and complete your accelerated bachelor's degree in about a year in class or online.


Does Bellevue offer any APA refresher courses?

Posted by on July 17, 2009

I noticed in Bellevue's course description that all courses requires extensive writings using the APA style. It has been years since I wrote any school papers...does Bellevue offer any APA refresher courses? If not, what would you suggest for those of us in this predicament? Or am I overly concerned about nothing?

Willie Woolford

Posted by Willie Woolford

Thanks for your question about using APA writing style. Most colleges and universities incorporate APA style into research modules when writing papers and citing reference work within them. Although Bellevue University doesn’t offer any courses to refresh your writing skills, our book store (and many others) sell an APA style reference guide which helps ensure you use APA style correctly. The book is quite helpful for students, and I have even used it as a guide when writing professionally. Additionally, our library holds APA formatting workshops and tutorials, and Bellevue University’s Writing Center is also a useful resource. Bellevue University is a leader in adult learning and understands that there are many students, just like yourself, who return to school later in life. In fact, a majority of your classmates would be working professionals in the same situation. At Bellevue University, we work to help you best prepare for career success. Please call 800-756-7920 and find out how to get started in the program right for you.


Question about classes?

Posted by asmiki on July 8, 2009

I do not have any college credits. we have a toddler and my wife's work schedule isn't very flexible. can I do online classes? how does it work? how much would it cost me? what classes do I need to take ? I'm also a correction officer would job experience count for any credits?

Willie Woolford

Posted by Willie Woolford

Bellevue University's online programs are designed to maximize the training you already have and apply it toward a bachelor's degree completion program. Credit is awarded for training completed in the police, fire and corrections academies, as well as the military. The number of credits varies; however, all awarded credit is a free transfer toward a Bellevue University degree. For example, Bellevue University awards 14 credit hours for corrections academy completion. Bellevue University will do a free evaluation of the training you have, which determines the remaining number of courses you'll need to take to complete your degree.

Bellevue University is known for its flexibility and offers courses in various formats including full programs, single classes, and cluster courses to help you meet degree requirements in a timeframe that works for you. The online degree completion programs work well for students with changing schedules because the courses are asynchronous allowing you to complete the program according to your schedule.

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