AU Signs Corporate Partners agreement with the Wayne County Schools Career Center

02/10/2020 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University has entered into a three-year Corporate Partners agreement with the Wayne County Schools Career Center.

The WCSCC, which is located in Smithville and serves 10 public and two private high schools in Wayne County, has more than 800 high school students and more than 6,000 adult learners. It offers a variety of programs, including nursing, health sciences, dental assisting, pre-vet/animal care, early childhood education, video production, computer graphics and digital marketing, as well as a host of manufacturing programs. In addition, the center has educational professional development agreements with several area corporations.

Dan Lawson, AU Associate Vice President and Chief Corporate Relations Officer, said the corporate partners program offers employees of for-profit and non-profit organizations the opportunity to access Ashland’s degree programs at discounted rates. “The Wayne County Schools Career Center is a high-quality school with students who would fit very well into the climate, culture and community of Ashland University. The values we share with the center will mean that its students will feel welcome, safe and ‘at home’ as a student at Ashland University,” he said. “We welcome the WCSCC to our rapidly growing network of Corporate and Educational Partners.

The corporate partner agreement with the school district calls for:
• A $1,000 scholarship per academic year (not to exceed $500 per semester) for qualified WCSCC employees, their spouses and dependent children while pursuing an undergraduate degree. This scholarship is in addition to all other financial aid.

 • A 10 percent tuition discount for qualified district employees, their spouses and dependent children in the form of a scholarship on any undergraduate course when not billed the full-time comprehensive rate for undergraduate tuition and a 10 percent tuition discount for district employees, their spouses and dependent children for any graduate course.


• A discounted rate of $215 for nurses seeking to complete the RN to BSN program. The above-mentioned scholarships do not apply to this special corporate partner discounted rate for the RN to BSN program.

“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,” Lawson said. “In addition, it ensures that Ashland University stays connected to the educational entities and helps fuel our local and regional economy.” 

The 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 has developed a “wall of fame,” which displays 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


Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.eduvalues 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.###