PHARR – South Texas College announced a partnership with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC ) and three U.S. Homeland Security agencies on how much college credit STC will grant federal agents for training they already have completed through federal programs.

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding at the Regional Center for Public Safety (RCPSE), where the college provides training for local, state and federal law enforcement officers.

“The intent of the resolution is to commit to work together to provide a continuing career pathway for federal law enforcement officers,” STC President Dr. Shirley Reed said. “They go through incredible training at the federal law enforcement training center and we are in a position to award college credit for that training.”

The accreditation will be a pathway to an associates degree and eventually a baccalaureate degree.

Office of Field Operations Director David Higgerson, who oversees all the ports of entry from Brownsville to Del Rio, said within the Rio Grande Valley there are 1,500 armed officers.

In the law enforcement business, officers cannot be trained enough.

As Higgerson sees it, the more training the more professional; the more professional the better a job they can do.

“One of the nice thing of being trained appropriately is you get to go home at night and you don't have a lot of problems,” he said.

Higgerson also said the things being done at the RCPSE directly affect the jobs the officers are doing in the field.

The Director of FLETC Thomas Walters said this is a new thing for them, while there are other training centers, none will offer college credit.

Currently curriculum is being written for the FLETC courses and the agreement stipulates that the academies they conduct will be awarded with college credit.