Saint Leo Helps Educate New Maritime Law Enforcement Specialists

August 04, 2010

New_MaritimeSaint Leo University is one of only 10 institutions nationwide to be approved by the U.S. Coast Guard for participation in its new Maritime Law Enforcement College Partnership Program. The Partnership was launched in April 2010 to coincide with the graduation of the first class (pictured) of Maritime Enforcement Specialists, which is a new rating within the service. Current and future Coast Guard members who have graduated from the Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement Academy in Charleston, S.C., may take advantage of this special opportunity to attend a partner college or university. Through these initiatives, the Coast Guard intends to add to its numbers of highly educated law enforcement personnel. The Coast Guard is the lead federal agency for maritime law enforcement.

At Saint Leo University, the Coast Guard Maritime Enforcement Specialists will be able to study for an Associate of Arts in criminal justice, a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice, or the Bachelor of Arts with a specialization in Homeland Security. “Our multiple delivery methods (on-ground and online) will allow the Guardians to work continually on degree programs, while on shore or on the go,” says Susan Paulson, Saint Leo’s assistant vice president of continuing education in Virginia, where many Guard members are stationed.

Saint Leo also serves other members of the Coast Guard at multiple locations in Virginia, in Key West, FL; and in San Diego, CA, with many degree options. This broad geographic base of services is a reflection of Saint Leo’s established leadership as a provider of educational opportunities to all branches of the armed forces. The university offers instruction at military bases, civilian centers, community college locations, and through its Center for Online Learning, as well as at its University Campus in east Pasco County.

“Saint Leo is committed to assisting all USCG personnel in maximizing credit received for their training and providing specific academic study that will lead to completion of Saint Leo degree programs,” Paulson says.