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Lehigh Carbon Community College

County Sheriff Partnership

Reinhardt University and the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office (CSO) renewed their Educational Pathway agreement this week. The Educational Pathway agreement offers a tuition discount for Cherokee Sheriff’s Office professionals and provides the opportunity to earn relevant degrees to help them advance in their law enforcement and public service careers.

With the Educational Pathway agreement, employees of CSO, including public safety staff, gain access to Reinhardt University’s Public Safety Institute program offerings. This includes the RU Police Academy, the SACSCOC-accredited and 100% online criminal justice bachelor’s degree program, and a hybrid Master of Public Administration, which combines P.O.S.T. executive-level training with graduate-level instruction in public management.

Throughout his public service and leadership, Sheriff Frank Reynolds has emphasized the importance of education for his employees, “We appreciate the partnership with Reinhardt University. It’s been good for the individual, and it’s good for the Sheriff’s Office.”

Captain John Gunning of the CSO said that “well over 100 people have participated in the long-standing program since its launch.”

Reinhardt President Mark A. Roberts, PhD, who served as RU’s provost before becoming president, forged the original agreement with the Sheriff’s Office in 2016.  He remarked that Reinhardt “greatly appreciates the collaboration with Sheriff Reynolds and the entire CSO.  Our cooperation makes Reinhardt stronger, and, in turn, we graduate students who make our community safer. I have a great appreciation for our law enforcement professionals, and I am gratified that Reinhardt can serve the educational needs of our valued public servants.”

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