Partnerships

The Utah Officer Association has entered into ‘partnerships’ with several colleges and universities with the hope that a number of Utah Peace Officer Association members, spouses, and immediate family members will take advantage of these reduced tuition prices.

People who wish to continue their education by taking college or university classes have a chance to take advantage of the cost reduction offered by attending one of our partner schools. Each school has something unique to offer you. In some cases you may be able to obtain additional assistance if you are in the military, the spouse of a military member, or a military veteran.

Our partner schools are:

  • Strayer University
  • Trident University
  • Keller Center for Corporate Learning (DeVry University)
  • Argosy University
  • Columbia College
  • Boise State University

Why Boise State you may ask? Boise State handles ‘online’ classes for a number of schools around the country. I do not have a complete list of these schools at this time.

Each school is working with the Utah Peace Officer Association webmaster to ensure that updated information about the tuition reductions for members is listed on our website under a tab titled ‘University Partnerships.’ Each will have a link to their schools website with more information. Schools have reduced tuition for UPOA members from 5%- 30%. One school has the first undergraduate class at no cost. Going with any of these schools can save hundreds of dollars a year. Each of these schools are regionally accredited. Take the time to understand the difference between Regionally Accredited and Nationally Accredited schools.

Each school will allow you anywhere from 24 credits on up for just completing POST. Other classes you may have taken during your career can be ‘matriculated’ into your degree program giving you additional credits . Save those certificates you have for taking those classes over the years. Personally, I turned in all of my certificates to Salt Lake Community College back in 1999 at the request of a friend. A few months later I received notice that SLCC had given me 63 college credits for the training I had completed at Salt Lake City Police.

If you are a member of the Utah Peace Officer Association please take advantage of this perk for being a member. If you ARE NOT a member think about joining. It’s a whopping $35 a year (A year, not a month!). You can register on line at www.upoa.org or e-mail me and I will e-mail you a PDF membership application.

If you would like to contact a school representative personally (some may not have their information on our web site by the time this goes out) just shoot me an e-mail at blsmith@sandy.utah.gov and I will hook you up.

Representatives from these schools are available to come to your agency when you host training to speak to you about continuing education (both online and/or brick and motor school). If you have been to any of the training I host you know that they bring what we call ‘cop vitamins and/or power rings!’

Take care and stay safe.