Alvernia partners with young professionals


Kristin Kramer (left), president of GRYP's Executive Board is greeted on Alvernia's campus by Toni Eckert, director of Leadership Berks and Business Outreach.

Alvernia University has joined forces with the Greater Reading Young Professionals (GRYP) to offer educational opportunities, leadership development programs, and community service integration initiatives that will help develop skills and competencies needed by young professionals. 

The partnership was announced during a well-attended GRYP social held in Alvernia's Francis Hall.

"GRYP is a terrific organization and Alvernia is pleased to partner with it," said Alvernia President Thomas F. Flynn. "It complements so well the programs we already offer through Leadership Berks and our graduate program."

“This initiative is geared towards advancing the professional success of GRYP’s members and is complementary to the charter of both organizations,” said Toni Eckert, Alvernia’s director of Leadership Berks and Business Outreach. “Our graduate and adult education programs are offered in a variety of formats (online, blended, classroom) that are ideal to meet the needs of working adults and GRYP’s growing membership.”

The partnership balances well with Alvernia’s Leadership Berks program, which focuses on connecting and building community leaders. It also coincides with GRYP’s 10th anniversary and community impact cause for 2013, “Education and Workforce Readiness.”

"I'm very excited about this partnership and working to increase the educational attainment levels of our community's citizens," said Eckert.

Photo: flynn at gryp event

President Flynn (right) talks with GRYP members at the social in Francis Hall.

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