Laura Combs is down to earth, easy to talk to and a constant reminder that anything’s possible – especially with enough determination and dedication.
For the past two years, she has been serving full time as a police officer in northeast Ohio, planning a wedding, juggling social obligations and working toward her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Chancellor University – often taking more classes than the standard full-time load.
“I’m trying to get my bachelor’s degree done quicker so I can work toward furthering my career in Law Enforcement," she said.
To get to the next level, Laura knew she would need a bachelor’s degree– even though she already had quite a list of credentials.
“I have three associate degrees from Tri-Ci [Cuyahoga Community College] including one in law enforcement, one in law enforcement with the police academy and another other one in corrections,” she said. “The police tuition incentive with Chancellor was great and I’m considering going for the master’s program after this.”
Laura added, “The best part is teachers at Chancellor have experience in the field. They’re actually police officers and attorneys. They have worked in the field and relate to the job and program.”
The added flexibility of online classes made life easier too. As a permanent night shift officer, her work hours were often at odds with class schedules.
“The professors understand that there’s a life outside of school,” Laura said. “People have work and other obligations to adhere to. It can be challenging for people who are working.”
So how does Laura get through her busy life with work and school?
“Lots of coffee and energy drinks,” she said with a laugh. “When I tell teachers I have one or two days off a month, I’m not lying.”
Ultimately, though, Laura believes the payoff will be worth it.
“I’ve always had a willingness to help other people,” she said. “As a police officer it’s my way to give back to the people in the community. I want to continue doing that.”
She added with determination, “The only thing I really stick to is that the sky’s the limit. It’s like Audrey Hepburn said, Nothing is impossible – the word itself says I’m Possible.
Thirty six ago I started out doing what you are now but I had three kids and a husband. I was attending school, working, and raising a family. You remind me of myself, also a blued blond. I retied after 26 years but soon found a job with Drug Court and I am still trying to help others, that was another things that reminded me of myself was that you like to help others and I felt that and still do. God Bless you in your career and my you always be safe.
March 21, 2013 aP 7:53 PM
Don "D.J" Aldinger
I just wanted to take a second to drop a brief e-mail to express my appreciation and gratitude to Chancellor University. I am a 1970 graduate who had no idea of my future plans. I then continued my education at Penn State University earning my secondary education certification in business education. I was so blessed and fortunate to teach high school students for more than 26 years and served as the varsity basketball and baseball coach during this time. Coached many tremendous athletes allowing our teams to win a number of state championships. After retiring from teaching, I had the opportunity to coach a professional basketball team in Stuttgart, Germany, giving me the experience of traveling through Germany, Austria, France, and Switzerland. This career began in Cleveland, Ohio, and I am so thankful for the opportunity.
March 29, 2013 aP 2:01 PM