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E L I Z A B E T H T O W N M A G A Z I N E • F A L L 2 0 1 1

A D U LT L E A R N E R S E M B O D Y E X C E L L E N C E

The Edward R. Murphy Center for Continuing Education and Distance Learning (CCEDL) at Elizabethtown College understands those detours and offers working adult-friendly accelerated asso-ciate and bachelor’s degree programs at four cam-puses—Lancaster, York, Harrisburg and Elizabeth-town—and through online courses.

CCEDL alumni serve communities near and far. Two shining examples are Timothy Frey, crime prevention sergeant and school resource officer su-pervisor with the Lancaster City Bureau of Police (near) and Laura Schanz, chief operating officer of Horizon Initiative (far, by way of near).

The Detour of Life

Frey, in full police attire—holster and all—sits at a table in the first-floor conference room of the police station. The Pennsylvania and United States flags are displayed prominently—an appropriate setting to tell his story. He attended nursing school directly after high school with the ultimate goal of work-ing as a trauma nurse, more specifically in-flight en route to medical centers. At the time, though, he felt out of place as a male in a female-dominated program. He went on to train as a surgical tech-nician in the U.S. Army Reserves while simultane-ously working as an orderly at Lancaster General Hospital. There, through frequent contact with city police officers as they came in with injured victims and suspects, Frey learned of the Community Ser-vice Aid, a program offering non-sworn positions within the department. He worked in various as-signments: traffic control, picking up lost animals, booking prisoners and dispatching.

“Basically, I did anything that didn’t involve suspects or arrests. I was 19 years old; it was a pret-ty cool job to have,” he said, adding that his posi-tion entailed everything you’d see on the television show “COPS.”

Now, in his 22nd year of service with Lancaster City, Frey explains that he moved up into various positions throughout the years, including patrol-man and accident investigator but always felt he needed a degree to land a bigger promotion.

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