A pilot program with Faulkner University offers Burke County residents and first responders 50 percent tuition reduction.
The program is part of Faulkner University out of Alabama, it is an effort to help first responders continue their education, making them more valuable to the communities they serve. And the cost? Half of what it normally is.
“That played a huge factor, that 50 percent rate. I’m telling you I would have never been persuaded to get my masters had this program not come along. I was done with school.”
Captain Jerry Blash is on schedule to receive his graduate degree in 14 months thanks to this program.
Burke County is the first county in the state to take part in the program so that Faulkner University can determine the interest level of first responders before expanding statewide.
“We wanted to show everybody that we stand behind out first responders and we wanted to give something back to them.” says Alison, a counselor of the university.
Faulkner is also offering a program for people living in Burke County who want a college degree. That same 50 percent tuition reduction applies. It’s an online program that allows students to receive a Bachelor’s in 3 years and a Masters in 14 months. Faulkner can make the decision not charge out of state tuition and the reason for that is simple.
“You have people that need to stay here for whatever reason and don’t have the opportunity to go back to school and now we can give them that opportunity.”
Proof of residency in Burke County is the only requirement needed. The program offerers several types of degrees. Business Administration, Criminal Justice and Human Resource Management to name a few.
Some may say that this opportunity is to good to be true but the university says they have the students best interest at hand.
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