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Clark State first partner in Wittenberg Preferred Partner Program

Clark State first partner in Wittenberg Preferred Partner Program

May 30, 2024
Clark State College Leffel Lane campus aerial view with green grass, blue skies and clouds, showing all the buildings from a bird's eye view.
Aerial view of Clark State College Leffel Lane Campus

Committed to providing accessible and affordable educational opportunities for professionals and their families, Clark State College is the inaugural partner in Wittenberg University’s Preferred Partner Program.

“At Clark State, we truly believe all individuals should have access to a quality education, including our employees,” said Jo Alice Blondin, Ph.D., Clark State president. “Thanks to this partnership, any Clark State employee who has been with the College for at least six months is now eligible to receive financial assistance for themselves or their children to pursue their academic goals at Wittenberg. In a world of competitive labor markets and high student loan debt, Clark State is proud to be part of an initiative that provides both employee support and workforce solutions with a trusted partner in our own backyard. It was important to the community that Clark State be Wittenberg’s inaugural partner.”

In the new program, individuals who work for a Wittenberg Preferred Partner, or are the dependent of such an individual, and are admitted to Wittenberg can earn a $1,000 Preferred Partner Scholarship to pursue an undergraduate degree. Undergraduate students must maintain full-time enrollment or their $1,000 Preferred Partner Scholarship will be pro-rated accordingly with their enrolled credits. The program will also allow qualifying Preferred Partner employees a 25 percent discount on tuition to pursue graduate studies in analytics, education and sports administration.

“We are excited that Clark State is our inaugural partner in this program,” added Maribeth Stevens, vice president for enrollment management at Wittenberg. “Our shared commitment to serving our community and previously established partnerships make our joint work on this initiative all the more rewarding. We now look forward to expanding our work together for Clark State employees to pursue a Wittenberg degree.”

Wittenberg’s and Clark State’s already strong partnership in terms of academic and transfer pathways for Clark State students made this new engagement a natural one for the two Springfield, Ohio-based institutions.

"We are thrilled to introduce the Preferred Partnership Program as a testament to our dedication to supporting lifelong learning and career advancement," said Wittenberg President Michael L. Frandsen, Ph.D. "By offering tuition discounts on select graduate programs, as well as undergraduate scholarships, we aim to empower individuals and organizations to thrive in an increasingly competitive landscape. We also want to thank our first partner, Clark State College, for seeing the power of this program on its campus and in the broader community we serve.”

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