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$1000's+ savings

February 7th, 2011 at 09:21 am

I have been wanting to add some college credits in emergency management, safety, fire, and EMT to my college transcripts. Even though I hold certificates in these areas, college credits/hours usually carry more weight. However, they are often 300+ per credit hour, and since I am already certified I hate spending that much money to repeat my learning.

Last night, I was taking a CE class, offered free, online through the university of MO in collaboration with FEMA. Bingo. I can pay only $76 per credit hour to have my certificates and CE classes I have already taken converted to college credits and be added to my college transcript. (I get to take my CE's for free, so I would not be double paying).

I went through the list, and I have almost 200 CE's. I compared that to those that were marked they would convert into 1, 2 or 3 credit hours. It looks like 40 of them would convert. After they are converted, it seems I would have to take 2 classes, and would then have an associates in emergency management. And, the 2 classes I need to take are only available on campus, but as weekend workshop classes--and they are FREE. I don't think $3040 is too bad for another degree???

Right now, I am a volunteer fire fighter and EMT. With the Assoc., I could go up to officer with a paid district and get paid, or, even teach some of these classes.

Right now, I teach fire safety classes, CPR and first aid. Some classes I teach are free, as PR for our dept, and for other groups who contact me directly and are out of our fire district, I charge, but only to cover any materials I have to purchase.

Sooooo.........I guess I have some thinking to do now!

5 Responses to “$1000's+ savings”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Sounds like a good move to me.

  2. My English Castle Says:

    wow--that's a bargain degree!

  3. frugaltexan75 Says:

    That sounds like a good idea!

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    I think it would be an excellent thing to do.

  5. -Jerry- Says:

    That is a great opportunity, and it could really lead to some opportunities for professional advancement as well. It's great that you have the insurance of transferring the CE work into school like that! Good luck with the process, however you proceed...

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