Cadillac, MI
09/20/2016 03:53 PM

Baker College is partnering with Kirtland Community College to offer a new associate degree – law enforcement academy (police) – at the Cadillac campus. It includes basic police training at the Kirtland Regional Police Academy, Roscommon. 

This associate degree program is for students who want to be licensed police officers. Graduates will be qualified for immediate career opportunities at the local and county levels and qualified to apply for work at the state level and with federal agencies such as the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, Border Patrol and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“Police academies require applicants to have a higher education degree,” said Judy Schulze, Ed.S., Baker College of Cadillac criminal justice program director. “Education and training costs are reduced by including completion of the Kirtland Regional Police Academy within this Baker College associate degree program. Students will be able to complete entry-level requirements more quickly and pursue their careers sooner.”

At graduation, students will earn an associate degree from Baker College and a certificate from the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES). The certificate indicates completion of the Kirtland Regional Police Academy basic training including passage of the licensing exam. Graduates become licensed in the State of Michigan upon employment as a law enforcement officer, pursuant to MCOLES.

The Baker College law enforcement academy (police) program was developed in collaboration with veteran law enforcement officers. It combines classroom courses with specialized study and real-world field training essential to preparing for careers in law enforcement.

Students will complete most of the required academic courses before applying to the Kirtland Regional Police Academy. Applicants must pass medical, vision and hearing screenings and physical fitness and written tests, in addition to holding certifications in CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED). Students must be admitted into the police academy to remain in the Baker College program.

Schulze said the KCC agreement provides an outstanding academy program for Baker College students and that the tuition for the basic police training at the Kirtland Regional Police Academy can qualify for financial aid.

Students can also attend police academies at Mott Community College, Flint, and Oakland Community College, Auburn Hills, where Baker College has similar agreements.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2015 median annual salary for police and detectives, which includes criminal investigators, fish and game wardens, sheriff’s patrol officers, and transit and railroad police, was $60,270.

Baker College also offers a criminal justice associate degree program, which does not include police academy attendance. It provides the foundation for careers in law enforcement, corrections and the courts.

For more information about criminal justice programs at Baker College of Cadillac, contact the admissions office at 231.876.3119 or, or visit

The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Founded in 1911, Baker College grants doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees, as well as certificates in diverse academic fields including business, health sciences, engineering, information technology, education and human services. Baker College has on-ground campuses in Michigan and Pennsylvania, and offers online programs that can be completed 100 percent online without ever visiting a campus. In 2016, the Online Learning Consortium recognized Baker College Online with the OLC Quality Scorecard Exemplary Endorsement, the highest ranking for online higher education programs. For information, visit or follow Baker College on Twitter, @bakercollege, or on Facebook,

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Cheri Sprik
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