On April 24, South Texas College announces its official partnership with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers and three U.S. Homeland Security agencies. These will be the federal agencies’ first college credit partnership training agreements in the state of Texas.
The ceremony will formalize the Memorandum of Understanding agreements with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, the U.S. Field Operations Academy and the U.S. Border Patrol Academy. These agreements expound how much college credit STC will grant federal agents for training they complete through federal programs. STC’s Regional Center for Public Safety will host these training programs.
“The partnership agreement that we signed with our federal law enforcement agencies will grant college credit for the federal law enforcement academies graduates who want to pursue a Law Enforcement Associate degree at South Texas College,” said Mario Reyna, STC dean of Business, Technology and Public Safety. “This unique opportunity will allow all the federal agents in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to get a jumpstart on their education once they enroll with additional coursework at South Texas College.”
According to Anahid Petrosian, interim vice president for Academic Affairs, in order to provide credit for prior learning experiences, “a thorough review of the rigorous training that federal law enforcement trainees undergo was paired up with our law enforcement program offerings, and where possible, curricula were expanded to provide additional college credit. These new clear education pathways for our hard-working federal law enforcement professionals foster a closer relationship that will continue to build our community outreach.”
U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony. STC President Shirley A. Reed who will provide opening remarks.
“This partnership with South Texas College is critical in providing the highest level of law enforcement training to South Texas,” Cuellar said. “By combining the expertise of our local, state and federal law enforcement, fire safety, and public safety officers, we will have a better trained police workforce.”