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COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) students interested in applying their technical training toward a college degree can earn up to 30 credit hours at Bethel University in Tennessee.

An Articulation Agreement with Bethel University College of Public Service provides TEEX students a pathway to earning or completing a college degree. The College of Public Service has agreed to provide TEEX students up to 30 hours of elective college credit toward the 128 hours required to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree, which can be completed online. The credits could be applied toward a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or Emergency Services Management.

“This recognition by Bethel University is another validation of the quality of TEEX training programs,” said Tony Tasillo, Manager of Educational Initiatives with TEEX Strategic and Education Services. “This is a great opportunity for our students to leverage their TEEX training into a college degree.” Bethel University does not charge students for transferring in any TEEX credits, and students can use their GI Bill benefits or apply for financial aid through Bethel University to complete their degree, he added.

This agreement could provide students with substantial savings on the cost of a college degree, Tasillo said. For example, students in the Central Texas Police Academy who complete the Basic Peace Officer Course can transfer in 24 hours of credit to Bethel University and save approximately $22,000.

In working with Bethel University and other colleges and universities, TEEX continues to pursue its goal of building cooperative programs designed to promote student success and provide access to higher education opportunities, Tasillo added.

About Bethel University
Bethel University of McKenzie, TN, is a private, 4-year institution founded in 1842 with 5,214 students enrolled in both on-campus and online programs. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award both bachelors and masters degrees. The Bethel University College of Public Service offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice or Emergency Services Management and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice.

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