SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Excelsior College and Zone 5 Training Academy are teaming up to support the education of local law enforcement officers.

Tuesday, Excelsior and Zone 5 announced that 7,500 officers and first responders will be able to access higher education at a reduced cost.

Officers interested in continuing their education can take courses varying from criminal justice, to business or liberal arts.

Coordinators of the partnership say the aggregate credits and online courses make the process more flexible for those at the police training academy.

“On your work break, on your lunch hour, a time at your convenience. If you're on third shift you can come home get your sleep and during the first shift you can do your work, earn your degree. And when I think about Excelsior College, I think about the aggregation credits from different experiences. It’s not where you got it’s what you know,” said David Hennessy, the associate dean of the School of Public Service.

The Excelsior College president says the college looks forward to working with those who serve us every day.