Balancing Firefighting and Family While Finishing Your Degree

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{Many first responders enter the profession without completing a four year degree but still strive for that goal in their life.  But working full time and going to school can be so challenging.  My husband and I have been navigating this extra schedule and financial commitment for a decade now.   This is why when we have partners like MVNU step up and offer flexibility and financial support, we like to give a big shout out.   Check out the details on their new program helping first responders complete their Bachelors.   ~ Dan & Lori Mercer, co-founders }

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MVNU Offers Bachelor of Arts in Public Safety Administration

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio—Mount Vernon Nazarene University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Public Safety Administration to meet the educational needs of adults who are presently working in the public safety sector.   They are offering a $1000 scholarship to anyone in the public safety field.  The program provides students with an opportunity to explore a management career in public safety or to advance their current positions within the system.

The field of public safety is experiencing tremendous growth; many new opportunities have evolved at the local, state, and national levels. Through the sequence of courses offered in MVNU’s Bachelor of Arts in Public Safety Administration program, students are encouraged to find ways to integrate both the philosophy and practice of restorative justice into their academic and professional pursuits. Students completing the program attend classes online and can earn their degree in approximately 23 months.

The program encourages the development of the whole person through a sequenced curriculum that integrates increasingly advanced cognitive, social, and interpersonal skills and places an emphasis on values, ethics, and spiritual growth. The curriculum prepares students to succeed in a public safety administration career or graduate program by equipping them with foundational knowledge and abilities relevant to their future career. In addition, students are given the opportunity to enhance their critical thinking skills, explore the legal and political framework surrounding public safety, learn best practices and relevant theories, and ask questions about the moral and ethical implications of current public safety practices.

For more information on MVNU’s Bachelor of Arts in Public Safety Administration program, please visit

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 29 states and 12 countries/U.S. territories.

With MVNU’s Bachelor of Arts in Public Safety Administration, you can complete your degree and advance your career in the fields of fire, safety, police, or emergency response.

This fully online program can be completed in less than two years and features committed faculty and courses guided by a Christian worldview. You’ll learn in a highly professional atmosphere and gain the knowledge you need to enter a management position in your career.

The MVNU difference:

  • Fully online courses 5 or 6 weeks in length
  • Diverse and engaging community of learners
  • Locked-in tuition and available financial aid
  • Real convenience for today’s working adult

Inquire today by visiting THIS LINK.

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Just a small town girl married to a firefighter since 2008, but she's so much more than a Fire Wife. She's been a member of the FirefighterWife family since 2012 and knows marriage takes a lot of work, even when it's in the best seasons.


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