Rasmussen College Opens Law Enforcement Training Facility in Eagan

      Rasmussen College Opens Law Enforcement Training Facility in Eagan

State-of-the-art facility meets increasing need for highly-trained, skilled
police officers across Minnesota

PR Newswire

EAGAN, Minn., Jan. 2, 2014

EAGAN, Minn., Jan. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Rasmussen College, a regionally
accredited private college, today announced the opening of a Law Enforcement
Training Facility at its Eagan campus. The new 8,000-square-foot location
includes several modern, scenario training rooms in which students can
practice situations they may encounter as a law enforcement officer. Training
courses will be led by a faculty made up of currently working or recently
retired officers from police departments and sheriff's offices in the metro
area. Upon completion of the Rasmussen College Law Enforcement Skills program,
students take the Peace Officer Standard and Training (POST) Board licensing
exam and will be certified to practice law enforcement in the state of

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"We are extremely proud to bring law enforcement skills training to the
southeast metro," said Matt Petz, Rasmussen College School of Justice Studies
dean. "Through our cutting-edge facility, favorable student-teacher ratios and
a flexible training environment, our students will be fully prepared and
equipped to excel in any police department or sheriff's office in the state.
Added bonus–future officers attending our program will have the tremendous
opportunity to learn and receive training from the area's finest law
enforcement instructors."

Rasmussen College is also the first program in Minnesota to offer skills
training on nights and weekends only. These options give individuals working
toward a degree in law enforcement the ability to continue to work while
fulfilling their training requirements. Students will begin using the new
training facility in January 2014.

Minnesota Seeking New Officers

The opening of the Law Enforcement Training Facility will benefit both
individuals seeking opportunities to study law enforcement and communities
throughout the state. Job outlook data shows an estimated 445 law enforcement
job openings throughout Minnesota in 2014. Coupled with an expected 3,000 or
more openings for new officers through 2020, the need for qualified new
candidates continues to grow exponentially. With this new facility, Rasmussen
College offers a more accessible training program and curriculum to quickly
prepare future police force members for duty throughout Minnesota.

"There is no denying the growing need for new police officers in the state,"
said Michael Ardolf, law enforcement skills coordinator at Rasmussen College.
"Because of changes to the Police & Fire retirement under the Public Employee
Retirement Association, an unexpected number of Minnesota police officers,
especially in Minneapolis, may retire prior to July 2014. We knew this could
be a problem, and we wanted to find a way we could help solve it. By opening
this facility, we can help prepare the next wave of brave men and women to
protect the communities where we live and work."

Law Enforcement Training Facility

The facility consists of seven (7) rooms—both hands-on training and classroom
environments—dedicated to skills training. Facility components include:

  oA padded room for physical assessments and use of force training.
  oScenario rooms that allow students to practice tactical maneuvers and
    operations they may encounter as an officer in areas such as a bank,
    bar/tavern, apartment, crime scene lab, and convenience store.
  oA simulator room featuring MILO, a video simulator that tests proper
    techniques and problem-solving skills and provides instructors and
    students with immediate feedback to aid instruction.

The training is conducted in two phases, with each session lasting three (3)
months. The current faculty is primarily made up of law enforcement
instructors from local police departments, sheriff's offices and state law
enforcement agencies. In addition to serving students, local metro police
forces and the military are also using the new facility for ongoing
professional development and training.

To celebrate the opening of its Law Enforcement Training Facility, Rasmussen
College is holding an open house on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to
6:00 p.m. The Eagan campus is located at 3500 Federal Drive, Eagan, MN 55122.
For more information on the Rasmussen College School of Justice Studies, visit

Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited private college specializing in
high-demand educational programs in a supportive, student-centered
environment. Rasmussen College offers Certificate and Diploma programs through
Associate's and Bachelor's degrees online and across its 24 Midwest and
Florida campuses. By combining career development expertise, high academic
standards and exceptional student support services, Rasmussen College
graduates gain the skills to succeed in their chosen field. Since 1900,
Rasmussen College has been dedicated to being a primary contributor to the
growth and development of the communities it serves. For more information
about Rasmussen College, please visit www.Rasmussen.edu.

Contact: Molly Andersen
Phone: (952) 844-5647
Mobile: (903) 920-4366
Email: molly.andersen@rasmussen.edu

SOURCE Rasmussen College

Website: http://www.rasmussen.edu
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