Penn State World Campus, Allegheny County launch educational partnership

January 24, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State World Campus and Allegheny County have partnered to help professionals in southwestern Pennsylvania advance their careers. 

The educational partnership between World Campus and the Allegheny County Department of Human Resources provides a 5 percent tuition reduction to nearly 7,000 county employees, their spouses and legal dependents. The benefit is available immediately and applies to all of the more than 125 undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs available online through Penn State World Campus.

The Allegheny County Department of Human Resources oversees 29 departments, including human services, computer services, parks, economic development, emergency services and real estate.

“Allegheny County seeks to provide its most valuable assets — our employees — with opportunities for their professional development. In addition to furthering their own educational goals, this partnership offers their family members the ability to participate in a world-class educational experience,” said Laura Zaspel, director of Allegheny County’s human resources department. “We are excited to bring a diversity of academic programs, the resources of a major university and the flexibility of online education, all at a reduced cost, to our employees and their families.”

County employees will be able to utilize World Campus student services, including academic advising, a dedicated advising team for military students, disability counselors, tutoring and career counseling. In addition, World Campus offers a free, optional online course called Transitions that introduces students to online learning while increasing computer, study and research skills.

“Penn State World Campus is committed to providing adult learners greater access to higher education,” said Karen Pollack, assistant vice provost for online and blended programs for Penn State World Campus. “We’re proud to extend these benefits to Allegheny County employees who can earn a Penn State education with the flexibility of online learning.”

The agreement between World Campus and Allegheny County is through the Penn State World Campus Corporate Alliance Program, which has more than 30 corporate education partners.

Visit the Penn State World Campus website for more information about the partnership.

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Last Updated January 24, 2017