Education Partners program keeps growing

Through a new educational partnership between Saint Joseph’s College and the Portland Police Department, police officers can obtain college credits and degrees at lower tuition rates. The same is true for employees of Avila Institute of Gerontology in Germantown, N.Y., for whom Saint Joseph’s is creating a customized online program focused on leadership.

Both are part of Education Partners, a program of the online division that tailors course work and how it’s delivered to meet a company’s need to educate their employees. “We’re not about a canned product,” says Suzanne Murphy, assistant director of continuing education and training.

Under the arrangement, Saint Joseph’s can come up with customizable modules for a company, or employees can enroll in existing online undergraduate or graduate degree programs, or they can take individual online courses and certificate programs through the college’s Division of Graduate & Professional Studies. Some programs are on-site, some are online, some are credit and some are non-credit; it all depends on what the educational partner needs. But in all cases, application fees are waived and company employees receive lowered tuition each time they enroll.

“We all know how important it is to maintain a well-trained, well-educated staff,” says Lynn Olson, director of Graduate & Professional Studies at Saint Joseph’s. “We also know that one of the best ways to retain and develop employees is by offering the means to achieve their educational goals.”