One of Rio Salado's Educational Service Partnership (ESP) students, completed the Law Enforcement Academy in September 2017, earned 39 college credits, and began his new career with the City of Chandler Police Department. Having already earned the remaining general education requirements, Joshua completed the entire AAS in Law Enforcement Technology in October 2017.
Joshua said, "This program is great! It was a great blessing and a genius idea. I was able to learn the things I need for my career and get college credit for it. Education is important and allows me to do more for myself, my family and the community." Joshua plans on pursuing a bachelor's degree.
City of Chandler Police Department
"Attending school at Rio Salado has been challenging but I have learned much about time management. I have been able to manage a high stress full-time job, school, and a young family. I have received my two year degree but have continued forward in my education."
Patrick Valenzuela Jr.
Glendale Police Department
"I knew I was earning credits while attending the deputy academy, but it didn't click at the time that I could do something with them. After an evaluation by Rio Salado's academic advisement department, I learned I only needed three classes to achieve my degree. I really didn't want to go back to school. Once I started, I realized getting a college education wasn't difficult. Plus it was a good influence on my children to see me graduate.”
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office