Saint Joseph's College online programs, through the Office of Continuing Education and Training, develops beneficial relationships with a variety of organizations, both for-profit and non-profit, to meet the educational needs of their employees and associates. We work with your organization to design a program that meets your specific educational goals and promotes your investment in your employees' development.

Industry Associations

Saint Joseph's College collaborates with a variety of industries and organizations including:

Benefits of an Education Partners Program

  • Discounted tuition and application fee waivers for your employees and associates.
  • Employer-sponsored education is a strong incentive for employees to stay with an organization.
  • Helping qualified employees move up within the organization and stay current in their field improves morale and productivity. These programs can also help staff members acquire or maintain professional licensure.
  • Our online programs are offered in a way that employees can study when they want, on their time, or if your company chooses, even while at work. Students can maintain their jobs while pursuing their education 100% online.

Services for Education Partners

  • Assessment of your educational needs and assistance in addressing your institutional challenges, such as meeting your schedules for staff education and training needs, enhancing your staff-retention program, and developing career paths for your employees.
  • Academic consultation to the organization and academic counseling for your employees.
  • Delivery of our existing online associate, bachelor's, and master's degree programs to your employees.
  • Development and delivery of customized educational programs to meet your organization's specific needs.
  • On-site course delivery at Education Partner's headquarters, regional offices, individual facilities or other geographically advantageous locations.

Contact Stephanie Briggs, Associate Director of Partnerships and Special Programming, to discuss your options or to arrange a site visit at 207-893-7769 or at 

Education Partners

Hospital and Health Care Organizations
American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA)
Aroostook Medical Center
Avila Institute of Gerontology
Benedictine Health System
Catholic Health Care Partners (OH, KY)
Catholic Medical Center (Manchester, NH)
Exeter Hospital 
First Atlantic Health Care
Huggins Hospital
Kingsway Community  

Loretto Utica Center
Lowell General Hospital (Lowell, MA)
Maine Health

Massachusetts General Hospital
Massachusetts Nurse Association
Meadowpark Rehabilitation
Mid Coast Hospital
Mount Desert Island Hospital
Roscoe Community Nursing Home
Sarasota Memorial Hospital  
Shriners Hospital - Boston
South Nassau Communities Hospital
Valley Regional Health Care (NH)
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital  
White Plains Hospital

Catholic and Religious Organizations
Archdiocese of Baltimore
Archdiocese of Boston
Archdiocese of Detroit
Archdiocese of Hartford
Archdiocese of Newark
Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Catholic Apostolate Center
Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA)
Catholic Volunteer Network
Diocese of Allentown
Diocese of Burlington
Diocese of Camden (NJ)
Diocese of Cheyenne
Diocese of Joliet
Diocese of Manchester
Diocese of Portland
Diocese of Providence
Diocese of Richmond
Diocese of Syracuse
Diocese of Wilmington
Diocese of Worcester
Little Sisters of the Poor (Baltimore, Chicago)
Mercy Volunteer Corps
Newman College of Ireland
Saint Andrew Catholic Church
Sisters of Mercy
St. John University Parish  

School Districts and Educators
Biddeford School Department
MSAD #15 Gray-New Gloucester School District
Sebago Educational Alliance
Thorton Academy
Wells-Ogunquit Community School District

Government, Technology, and Business Organizations
AAA Northern New England
Maine Online Learning
MDF - Maine Employers’ Initiative
Portland Police Department

How Education Partnerships Help Build a Stronger Workforce

What role does Saint Joseph’s play to facilitate workforce development in Maine and beyond? It starts with our Education Partners program. Chief Enrollment Officer Lynne Robinson and Associate Director of Partnerships and Special Programming Stephanie Briggs ’98, ’14 explain.

How does the Education Partners program benefit employers? 
Lynne R: We’re helping employers develop the next level of leadership within their organizations. We know that employer-sponsored education enhances employee loyalty and retention. Our programs offer a path to advancement, helping workers stay current in their fields, improving both morale and productivity—all good for our partners and their employees.

Stephanie B: Saint Joseph’s Education Partners program includes tuition discounts in the range of 10-15%, as well as application fee waivers, so that employers are able to stretch their workforce development dollars and provide more affordable employee training and education options. 

What programs do we offer? 
Lynne R: We have more than 40 existing online programs, including undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as certificate and continuing education programs. We work directly with our partners, whether it’s a larger employer like Unum or a small Maine school district, to achieve their education goals and deliver courses in ways that are convenient and flexible for working people.

Stephanie B: In the health care sector, for example, our online MS in nursing, RN to BSN, and Master in health administration are our most popular programs. And at Unum, employees tend to pursue programs like the MBA, Master of Accountancy, or MEd in adult education and training.

Can we provide customized programming? 
Stephanie B: Yes, we customize existing programs and even create new ones to meet specific needs. For example, at the request of the Gray-New Gloucester school system, we developed a program for gifted and talented teachers–something they couldn’t find elsewhere in a format that worked for them. Our faculty collaborated with the district to create a new program and get state approval. It included an e-portfolio platform, which our CIDET (Course Instructional Design and Educational Technology) team developed for them.

Lynne R: Another example of customization is our ongoing CPA Series. We recognized a need for continuing education programs tailored to accounting professionals in Maine. We offer full-day workshops in locations throughout the state, enabling participants to earn continuing professional education (CPE) hours to meet licensing requirements.

What impact are we having in Maine and beyond? 
Stephanie B: We partner with state and national membership organizations like the American College of Health Care Administrators, Massachusetts Nurses Association, and Maine Development Foundation, as well as individual employers like the Portland Police Department, Mid Coast Hospital, and Biddeford School Department. At any one time, 400 to 500 students are benefiting from Education Partner discounts.

Lynne R: Here in Maine, we’re helping to promote educational advancement in the workplace through our participation in Maine Development Foundation’s Next Step Maine Employers’ Initiative. In collaboration with MDF, we make courses available to more than 70,000 employees in more than 285 Maine companies.

Stephanie B: We’ve also been working with the Manufacturers Association of Maine (MAMe), a group that’s concerned about retaining the state’s young labor force. On September 20, MAMe is co-sponsoring a networking event at the College’s Stone Barn. The goal is twofold: to introduce employers to future employees and to impress upon students that their futures may begin here in Maine.