Focus Learning Academy is newest AU Educational Partner

02/11/2021 ASHLAND, Ohio -- Ashland University has entered into a three-year Educational Partners agreement with Focus Learning Academy of Northern Columbus, a tenant in AU’s facility there.

FLA is the 74th organization to join an AU Partnership.

The mission of Focus Learning Academy is: To educate and empower students to become productive members of society by creating a safe, professional and supportive environment for students and their families.

FLA of Northern Columbus is unique in its adaptation to the needs of its students, the majority of whom come from homes where English is the second language. Many of the families have come to the United States from refugee camps and have very little educational background. Abdi Farah is the superintendent.

Dan Lawson, AU Associate Vice President and Chief Corporate Relations Officer, said the  partnership program offers employees the opportunity to access Ashland’s degree programs at discounted rates. “Focus Learning Academy is a high-quality organization with employees and their families who would fit very well into the climate, culture, and community of Ashland University. The values we share with the center will mean that they will feel welcome, safe and ‘at home’ as a student at Ashland University,” he said. “We welcome the Focus Learning Academy 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 LMHS 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.

 “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.” 

Businesses and organizations interested in learning more about the Educational Partners program can call 419.207.6745 or email Or to get started online, click here to visit our webpage.

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.###