Profiles: Alameda County Sheriffs Office
The county sheriffs office wanted to develop strategies for making good sound decisions, so we focused on the courses that would aid in developing organization and communication skills.
GGU found ways to accept academic credit for real-life experience. For example, GGU gave credit for attending police academies, and credited employees for developing specialties in the field, such as homicide investigation and fraud. This put the employee closer to their degree, so it no longer felt like an unattainable goal.
Alameda County Sheriffs Office used mixed-mode (online and on-site cohort classes) to fit in with busy schedules and build camaraderie among employees working through the program together. Faculty was carefully selected so that they had a regional connection to material; content used real-world issues facing the Sheriffs Office and Alameda County. This is a prime example of how GGU customizes each program to fit with the needs of the client.
GGU used its resources to implement a survey which was administered to our employees and as a result we garnered well-needed insight into our employees goals, abilities, and educational levels. The logistics and coordination involved in meeting the needs of our agency could not have been accomplished without her obvious skills in addressing everything we needed.
-- Brett Ketteles, Assistant Sheriff, Alameda County Sheriffs Office