Online university partners with the association to give members tuition discountsCapella University, which is an online school, recently partnered with the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) in an effort to help its members enroll in criminal justice and public safety programs at a reduced cost.

The partnership will allow NSA members to be eligible for reduced tuition at the university. Members can earn a tuition grant up until the end of August 2011.

School officials said that their multidisciplinary approach to public service education is designed to allow students to gain knowledge in different areas. For instance, the college's public service program can partner with healthcare, public safety and public administration professionals to help solve challenges specific to that field.

"We are quite pleased to have Capella University as one of our educational partners," said Fred G. Wilson, director of operations for the NSA.

The faculty has working experience in law enforcement agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigations, New York Police Department, Federal Bureau of Prisons and U.S. Customs, according to the school

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in the detective and criminal investigator field are expected to increase by 17 percent over the next seven years.

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