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gram would award her credits for her work expe-rience and insurance industry courses. “[E-town] understands the value adult learners can bring to the classroom,” she said.

This factor also impressed Frey when he dis-covered the CCEDL criminal justice program in 2004; the other schools he considered didn’t con-sider his previous military and police experience. E-town awarded him a substantial amount of cred-its toward his bachelor’s degree. Plus, the down-town Lancaster location was conveniently located near his work—and was close enough should he have to leave to answer a call. Additionally, other schools offering criminal justice programs were co-hort-based programs, a structure not conducive to his job and Army Reserve commitments. Although he was enrolled in an accelerated program, two military deployments extended his education to six years.

While Frey and Schanz recognize the conve-nience and innovation online classes offer, both prefer learning in the company of others. Schanz feels the human connection is lost when you go completely online and Frey likes the interaction and discussion. The research and writing skills he gained better prepared him for his job.

“I definitely think a degree is helpful in making you well-rounded. It makes a huge difference when you list that on your resume; it says something about you. And your earning potential is greater,” he said.

Since earning his degree, Frey became a ser-geant and supervises the police officers stationed at city schools. After her graduation in 2006—the same year her son also graduated from college— Schanz opened her own firm, Laura Schanz Con-sulting Services. In 2010, she closed shop to care for her ailing husband and, in 2011, joined Horizon Initiative.

Emulating E-town

The traditional programs at Elizabethtown College immerse students in service learning op-portunities and encourage them to explore the big-ger world; this is no different in courses offered by CCEDL. But, coming from a world of service, Frey and Schanz already were a perfect fit.

“I’ve had tremendous mentors in my life and business,” Shantz said. “My role models were all about serving other people. When I got connected with E-town, it was a good synergy. I want to teach more people to reach more people. “All learning

All learning

and self-improvement

should be done with the purpose of

benefiting others.

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