San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and National University President Dr. David W. Andrews Honor Lt. Lerum at Council Chambers; National University is the City of San Diego's Preferred Employee Education Program Partner
San Diego, Calif. – City of San Diego Fire-Rescue Dept. Lt., Andy Lerum, who has been at the forefront of bringing the latest technology to the city’s lifeguard division, is the 2016 recipient of the City of San Diego/National University Professional Development Scholarship. The scholarship will go toward Lt. Lerum’s bachelor’s degree studies at National University – among the largest, private, nonprofit universities in California and the City of San Diego’s designated Preferred Employee Education Program Partner.
National University’s designation as the City of San Diego’s Preferred Employee Education Program Partner reflects National University’s commitment to developing educational collaborations with the communities it serves. In turn, it provides San Diego employees access to a quality education that ensures the city’s continued development as a place of opportunity and innovation.
Lt. Lerum, along with three finalists, were recognized at the Sept. 13 San Diego city council meeting by National University President Dr. David W. Andrews, San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer, and other elected officials. He will be pursuing his bachelor’s degree in information technology or digital media from National University. The three finalists are: Albert Molina, Public Utilities Department; David McGowan, San Diego Police Department; and Portea Carter, Office of Homeland Security.
“Providing quality educational opportunities for working adults is at the core of the National University mission, and we are pleased to honor Lt. Lerum for his dedication in pursuing his degree,” said Dr. Andrews. “Lt. Lerum embodies the great work that our city employees provide to our community, and we congratulate him for achieving this honor.”
Lt. Lerum and the three finalists were chosen by a panel of City of San Diego and National University representatives for their demonstrated commitment to public service and giving back to the community. Besides keeping a close eye out for ocean swimmers in distress, Lt. Lerum is self-taught in computer technology and became the lead administrator and programmer for the lifeguard division’s computer-based scheduling system. He left Santa Rosa Junior College before earning an associate’s degree more than 30 years ago, when he landed a lifeguard job in San Diego.
Lt. Lerum, who has long served as one of the lifeguard division’s public information officers, said he looks forward to earning a bachelor’s degree at National University so that he can advance his own technology background and contribute even more to the city’s digital and technological efforts.
“All San Diegans deserve the opportunity to thrive, including those who have chosen a life of public service. A knowledgeable, well-educated city workforce can more effectively serve our communities,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer. “National University has helped many City of San Diego employees and elected officials reach their educational goals. This scholarship program helps to ensure more of our employees have the skills they need to advance their careers and excel in their jobs, which ultimately benefits the public.”
National University has long been an educational leader in California, and about 25 percent of San Diego Unified School District principals are National University alumni, as are former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, now President and CEO of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce; San Diego City Councilwoman Myrtle Cole; and San Diego City Councilwoman Marti Emerald.
About National University
Founded in 1971, National University is among the largest, private, nonprofit universities in California. With more than 150,000 alumni, National University is the flagship institution of the National University System. National University is dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging, and relevant to a diverse population of students. Four schools and two colleges – the College of Letters and Sciences; the Sanford College of Education; the School of Business and Management; the School of Engineering and Computing; the School of Health and Human Services; and the School of Professional Studies – offer more than 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees and 23 teacher credentials. Programs are offered at locations throughout California and across the nation, and are also available online. National University is headquartered in La Jolla, California. http://www.nu.edu/