EDISON, NJ - Free tuition is being offered to volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel at Middlesex County College.

The announcement was made by Middlesex County Freeholders H. James Polos and Kenneth Armwood. Freeholder Polos said this is one of a series of initiatives for volunteers that will be rolled out during the year.

“We have proclaimed 2015 as the Year of the Volunteer,” Freeholder H. James Polos, chair of the County’s Public Safety and Health Committee said. “We see this new tuition program as an extra benefit to the men and women who put themselves at risk to keep their neighbors and communities safe.”

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The Middlesex County Volunteer Tuition Waiver Program will be offered to one eligible volunteer firefighter and one eligible EMS volunteer from each municipality. Participants may take up to 6 credits per semester at Middlesex County College and a lifetime maximum of 24 credits.

The program covers tuition only. Students are responsible for all fees and books. It will begin with the Fall 2015 semester.

 “Quality education and volunteerism are the backbones of a strong community,” Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee said. “It seems like a perfect fit to have one serve the other and vice versa. Middlesex County College offers a first-rate curriculum, and our volunteers can add unique voices to the classroom experience.”

Participants may choose courses offered by Middlesex County College, provided they satisfy any prerequisites and subject to space availability.

They may register for classes during the “late registration” period, typically the week before classes begin. Should seats not be available in the volunteer’s first choice of courses, he or she may choose an alternate courses.

Students must maintain a minimum of a "C" average, which is equivalent to a 2.0 GPA or better, to remain in the program.

“Middlesex County College is honored to collaborate with the County Freeholders to support volunteers who serve our citizens every day,” Middlesex County College President Joann La Perla-Morales said.

“I wish to thank Dr. La Perla-Morales and her staff for once again being great community members and partners,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “Middlesex County is a better place because of the innovation, the cooperation and the commitment put forth by our employees, partners and residents.”

For more information, contact Joseph Krisza, Head of the Middlesex County Department of Public Safety and Health at 732-316-7136.

Volunteers will be identified and authorized by their individual organizations and must be active members in good standing.