Fall 2009 Issue

Hot commodity

Finding the time to earn a quality education can be difficult, especially when you’re a firefighter. But a newly created agreement between Barry University and the Florida Department of Financial Services is making that task easier by allowing the Florida State Fire College in Ocala to host bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in Public Administration. The classes are being offered through Barry’s School of Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) and are already underway.

As the only institution offering programs at the Florida State Fire College campus, Barry will give firefighters and the general public the opportunity to earn their college degrees through accelerated weekend programs. ACE conducts classes every other weekend per each eight-week semester. The agreement between Barry and the Florida State Fire College allows firefighters to continue to work while earning their college degree. The program also provides flexible class schedules for the general public. With this accelerated program, students can complete their bachelor’s or master’s degree within two years of part-time study.

“Barry University is excited to provide instruction on-site at the Florida State Fire College in Ocala for fire and rescue personnel and any public employee who wishes to earn a quality bachelor and master’s degree,” said Dr. Marilyn Jenkins, assistant professor and academic coordinator of Human Resources and Financial Planning. “Public Administration has been one of the flagship programs of ACE, and our graduates are well placed in leadership positions in public agencies throughout the state.”

With the agreement, firefighters and the general public have the opportunity take advantage of ACE’s portfolio program, which allows students to translate professional experience into college credit.