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JUL 2017

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A 22 POLICE JULY 2017 PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES Assessing Your Education Options As a father of two children, one of which was in high school and unsure of her own career path, Geoffrey DeCesari, then a sex crimes detective with the San Diego Police Department, knew it was on him to set an example. He wanted to be sure that his daughter understood the im- portance of continually learning and the value of an advanced degree. But shift work and on-call weekends complicated his quest for higher learn- ing. DeCesari knew educational flexibil- ity would be a must if it were to fit into the demands of his job. "I was working inves- tigations at the time, and frequently on call, so sitting in a classroom was not an option," he says. He also knew the education had to come from an accredited university with an excellent reputation. He explains his alma mater for his undergraduate degree was having accreditation issues at the time, and for this reason he wanted to be sure he received a master's degree from a "university he could be proud of." Originally, he planned to attend a mas- ter's degree program with the University of Colorado (USC), but he then learned the nearby University of San Diego (USD) of- fered a top-notch online degree program in his chosen field of study. Twenty months later, DeCesari counted himself among the USD degree program's first graduates as he received his master's degree in Law Enforcement and Pub- lic Safety Leadership. e now sergeant with the San Diego PD says juggling work, home, and school was well worth the ef- Experts recommend that officers consider their learning style when choosing between online and classroom educational options. RONNIE GARRETT If you need to touch things to learn, then classroom education might be a better fit for you.

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