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Georgian's policing program is degrees above others: Student

Visit Georgian College in Orillia on Dec. 10 to learn more about how you can get a degree and a diploma in just four years
Lindsay Raymond demonstrates the PREP (Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police) machine used at Georgian’s Orillia Campus, as well as the Ontario Police College. Raymond, who is also the president of the Georgian College Students’ Association at the Orillia Campus, placed second for females at the PREP Challenge at Sheridan College, last year.

Lindsay Raymond has always had a passion for helping people and for being involved in her community. Since Grade 9, she knew that policing was the profession she wanted to pursue.

“After looking into the career of a police officer, it was something I knew I wanted to get into as I was passionate about their values, and what they get to do for individuals and the community,” said the 20-year-old Georgian student who is enrolled in the Honours Bachelor of Police Studies program at the Orillia Campus.
While many students go directly into a degree program from high school, Raymond wanted the hands-on experiences she knew she’d get in the two-year Police Foundations diploma program first.
“The in-class exercises before the evaluations in Police Foundations is something I knew would help me be as successful as possible,” she noted. “Being a kinesthetic learner was something I learned about myself years before college, so I knew I wanted to follow the same strategies at least for the first few years of post-secondary schooling. Being able to get a diploma in Police Foundations and a degree in Police Studies within four years was also something I liked.”
Thanks to her good grades and Police Foundations diploma, she was able to apply and move into the Honours Bachelor of Police Studies with an advanced standing that put her into the third year of the four-year program.
This is just one example of how postsecondary graduates – either from Georgian or elsewhere - can move on to degree and graduate certificate programs at the college.
Georgian offers 13 degree choices, including four Lakehead-Georgian degree-diplomas, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree with York University, a RPN-BScN degree completion pathway with Ontario Tech University, and 19 graduate certificate programs. Two new degree programs, Honours Bachelor in Counselling Psychology and Honours Bachelor in Business Administration in Health Management, will start in September 2020.
The college is hosting its first degree and graduate certificate event that will offer information on these programs and how you can use your past or current academic credentials to further your education. Representatives from degree and graduate certificate programs will be on hand to answer questions at the campus they’re offered.
The What’s Next? Degree and Graduate Certificate Event will take place at the Barrie and Orillia campuses on Tuesday, Dec. 10 between 3 and 7 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, visit
Those who apply to a program at the event will have their application fee covered by Georgian. There will also be a contest for a chance to win $5,000 toward tuition fees.
“Having a school that offers a degree in policing is one of the reasons I picked Georgian College,” said Raymond. “Being able to graduate with a diploma and then go back to the same school to get a degree without having to start from Year 1 has made all the difference to me. Knowing the school, the services and the professors prior to starting the degree has inspired nothing but confidence.”



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