Ashland University Establishes Corporate Connections Program

Ashland University Establishes Corporate Connections Program

8/15/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University is introducing a new program that will further connect the University with business entities and enable its corporate partners to offer educational opportunities to their employees as well as spouses and dependents of those employees.

The program, titled “Corporate Connections Program,” has a number of features including opportunities for student internships and educational discounts for employees. 

“The launch of the Corporate Connections Program is yet another example of the many great things that are happening at Ashland University,” said AU President Dr. Carlos Campo. “The program is tailored to allow Ashland University to enhance employees’ performance and their success in the workplace by providing career advancement skills and valuable training opportunities. In addition, it ensures that Ashland University stays connected to the business entities and help fuel our local and regional economy.” 

Campo announced last week that Dr. Dan Lawson, formerly associate vice president of Institutional Advancement, will lead the new “Corporate Connections” initiative. “In this role, Dr. Lawson will advance our Corporate Partners tuition scholarship program, work to enhance our student internship program and regularize ongoing communication with corporate partners in our area and beyond,” he said.

The cornerstone of AU’s Corporate Connections Program is the Corporate Partnership Program, which calls for AU to enter into agreements with companies of more than 200 employees to provide tuition scholarships for taking classes at the associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctoral degree levels.

“Our Corporate Partners Program offers the employees of for-profit and non-profit organizations opportunities and access to our degree programs at discounted rates,” Lawson said. “Corporate Partner employees, spouses and dependents are eligible to receive the Corporate Partners Tuition Scholarship, giving greater access to our nationally ranked and fully accredited degree programs.”

The Corporate Partner agreements offer a variety of benefits, including:
• 10 percent tuition scholarships for qualified employees and their spouses for any graduate, adult or online degree program.

• 20 percent tuition scholarships for qualified dependents of employees pursuing a full-time, undergraduate on-campus experience at Ashland University. Eligible students who receive other institutional scholarship aid (merit and need based) that exceeds 20 percent of the cost of tuition will not be eligible for the corporate partners scholarship.

• The flexibility of taking online, virtual or in-class courses as well as earning a degree at a student’s own pace and on his or her own time.

• Business degree and non-business degree programs that integrate leadership training in an organizational setting.

Lawson said the new Corporate Connections program also is designed to foster strategic ties between the university and businesses and organizations at the state, national and international level. He said the University will develop a “Wall of Fame,” which will display each of the organizations partnering with AU in the Corporate Connections program. 

Businesses and organizations interested in learning more about the Corporate Partners Program can call 419.207.6745 or email Lawson said he will work with the company's Human Resource departments or Training & Development departments to create educational agreements that outline the Corporate Partners Tuition Scholarship arrangement. 

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.                                                                                ###

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