Dean Elliot

Dean Elliot

Grand Island, Nebraska

Master of Arts in Management | Police Captain, Grand Island Police Department

For me, the ability to go someplace that was local, that I didn’t have to drive 40 or 50 or 60 miles to get to a class, that was huge.

After more than 11 years in the military, Dean Elliott got an associate’s degree in police science and landed a job with the Grand Island Police Department. In his 25 years with the department, he’s risen the ranks to patrol captain, and he says Doane helped him every step of the way.

“I love this community,” he says from his office at GIPD. “For me, the ability to go someplace that was local, that I didn’t have to drive 40 or 50 or 60 miles to get to a class, that was huge.”

Capt. Elliott earned his bachelor’s degree from Doane, and is currently seeking a master’s degree in management. He hopes it will make him a better leader to his officers and in the community. He likes that Doane’s instructors are people he knows from the community, and he appreciates their dedication to providing in-person, face-to-face learning.

“Though I’m techno-savvy enough to be able to do online classes, I would rather have a face to face conversation than the online stuff,” he says. “I’ve found that having experiences with people helps us move forward. These classes were fun to me.”

He says he wishes someone would have told him earlier how easy it is to get a degree at Doane.

“I was a little apprehensive going back,” he says. “But it’s just another system you can learn, get accustomed to, get a feel for.

“You can teach an old dog new tricks.”

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