ST. LOUIS, Aug. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- About 5,000 employees of Hallmark are now eligible for a 5 percent discount on tuition under a new partnership between WGU Missouri and the Kansas City-based greeting card company. The Hallmark partnership discount will apply to any of WGU Missouri's degree programs in business, information technology, K-12 teacher education, and health professions.
Under the terms of the agreement, Hallmark employees can receive a 5 percent discount (for up to two years) to pursue a bachelor's or master's degree at WGU Missouri. The tuition discount reduces WGU Missouri's already-low tuition of about $6,000 per year for most programs.
"This partnership will provide Hallmark employees with greater access to high-quality, affordable education," said Dr. Angie Besendorfer, Chancellor of WGU Missouri. "As a university that is designed to meet the needs of working adults, we are pleased to offer our flexible, self-paced model to Hallmark employees who want to make higher education fit into their busy lives."
WGU Missouri, the state affiliate of Western Governors University, is a nonprofit online university established by the state. WGU Missouri's competency-based learning model allows students to learn at their own pace. Rather than spending time in classes with set schedules, students can move quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn. As a result, many students are able to accelerate their time to degree completion—the average time to a bachelor's degree is less than three years.
Hallmark employees will also be eligible for the Institutional Partners Fund, with scholarships of up to $2,500. For more information on WGU Missouri, and details on the Hallmark partnership benefits, visit missouri.wgu.edu/hallmark
WGU Missouri is a competency-based, online university created to expand access to higher education for Missouri residents. The university offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing. WGU Missouri faculty members serve as mentors, working one-on-one with students, offering guidance, support, and individualized instruction.
Established through a partnership with nationally recognized Western Governors University, WGU Missouri is open to all qualified Missouri residents. The university is nonprofit and self-sustaining on flat-rate tuition of about $6,000 per year for most programs.
Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Teachers College programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE*).
More information is available at missouri.wgu.edu or by calling 855.948.8493.
*Western Governors University offers nursing programs that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 5380, Washington DC 20036, 202-877-6791).
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