New alliance with OPM offers Federal employees and their families
nationally recognized online education at a 70 percent discount
BURLINGTON, Vt. — APRIL 20, 2015 — Champlain College today announced that it has formed an alliance with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to bring its online programs to the Federal government’s more than two million employees. Through truED®, Federal employees, their spouses and legal adult dependents will pay up to 70 percent less than standard tuition rates for the College’s online programs and can make monthly tuition payments under Champlain College’s unique payment model.
Under the alliance, Federal employees and their families worldwide will be able to affordably pursue more than 60 certificate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in high-growth, in-demand and mission-critical fields. This is Champlain College’s 57th truED alliance in both public and private sectors. Organizations including Cisco, Seventh Generation, and AT&T already look to Champlain College to provide employees with career-relevant educational programming.
“Champlain College takes a distinct approach to adult online education, forming alliances with enterprises to break down the wall between academia and industry, and providing students with critical knowledge and skills that are directly transferable from the classroom to the office,” said Jayson Boyers, vice president of Champlain College and managing director of the Division of Continuing and Professional Studies. “We are honored to have the opportunity to align ourselves with the nation’s largest employer and provide the hard-working men and women of the Federal workforce and their families with accessible, affordable and relevant learning opportunities,” he added.
Champlain College’s truED provides OPM with a nationally recognized, sought-after adult online learning partner to meet the continuing education needs facing Federal Government. Champlain College offers the Federal workforce distinct educational benefits, including:
Online certificate and degree offerings that support the mission-critical skills and knowledge needs, including high-demand fields like cyber security, digital forensics, healthcare administration and human resource management
More than 20 years of online education experience and a deep understanding of adult learners’ requirements and goals
A longstanding reputation as a nationally ranked education provider by US News & World Report and The Princeton Review, as well as regional accreditation ensuring that standards of academic quality are met
Designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, as a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence by the United States Air Force and recognition by SC Magazine in 2013 for having the Best Cyber Security Higher Education Program in the United States
Seven-week semesters that allow Federal employees and their families to obtain a high-quality online certificate or degree as quickly as possible at up to 70 percent less than standard tuition, leaving students with little to no debt
“In order for the Federal Government to effectively serve the American people, it is essential that we are able to recruit and retain our nation’s top talent,” said OPM Director Katherine Archuleta. “Through our alliance with Champlain College, OPM can ensure that millions of dedicated Federal employees worldwide can access high-quality educational opportunities that will both advance their careers and contribute to the success of current and future agency missions,” she added.
Federal employees can immediately begin submitting their applications for the summer term, which begins on July 6, 2015, and has the admission deadline of June 5, 2015. To learn more, visit http://www.champlain.edu/truEDFed. The first live webinars for Federal employees interested in learning more about truED and Champlain College will take place April 21, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. EDT and Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Federal employees can register for the webinars at http://www.champlain.edu/truedfed/admission/webinars.
Jayson Boyers, vice president of Champlain College and managing director of the Division of Continuing and Professional Studies is available for interviews. Please contact Peter Kane, email@example.com or 703-584-5641 for more information.
Credentialed press interested in learning about the alliance are invited to join a teleconference on April 20, at 1:30 pm ET featuring Dr. Sydney Smith-Heimbrock, deputy associate director, Employee Services, Strategic Workforce Planning and chief learning officer at OPM, and Jayson Boyers, vice president of Champlain College and managing director of the Division of Continuing and Professional Studies. Interested press are asked to RSVP to Peter Kane, account director at Sage Communications at either firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-584-5641.
About Champlain College: Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a private, non-profit, regionally accredited institution that has stayed true to its mission of delivering a highly relevant, professionally-focused education. Champlain has long been recognized for its innovative approach to education, both on-campus and online, in areas such as business, cyber security, digital forensics, healthcare, information technology, and more. Champlain College serves more than 1,000 online undergraduate and master’s degree students and 2,000 students on its Burlington, Vt., campus. Champlain was ranked in the top 15 percent of all U.S. colleges by the Princeton Review, and a Top Regional College of the North by U.S. News & World Report. In 2013, Champlain was named the Best Cyber Security Higher Education Program in the United States by SC Magazine. For more information about Champlain College, visit http://www.champlain.edu/online.
About truED®: truED is developed and supported as part of Champlain College’s Online Continuing Professional Studies Division. Through alliances with leading organizations in government and industry and the affordable truED subscription model, Champlain College delivers an accessible, and relevant online higher education experience to help employees gain the skills and knowledge they need to enhance their careers and achieve their organization’s business objectives. Champlain’s certificate and degree programs not only provide discipline-specific knowledge, but also the critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills essential for the modern workforce. For more information about truED, visit http://www.champlain.edu/truEd.
About the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM): OPM’s mission is to Recruit, Retain and Honor a World-Class Workforce to Serve the American People. OPM supports U.S. agencies with personnel services and policy leadership including staffing tools, guidance on labor-management relations and programs to improve workforce performance.