Rodney Ridley Downtown GRCA with O'Pake Institute in winter 2020

GRCA members receive 20% discount on graduate and accelerated bachelor programs


Alvernia University and the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA) have entered a new agreement which will offer GRCA members a 20% discount on tuition for all eligible graduate and adult undergraduate programs.


“Through our Reading CollegeTowne initiative, we are committed to the economic development of the greater Reading region,” said Alvernia University President John R. Loyack. “We are grateful for the opportunity to help the GRCA expand its mission by providing opportunities for regional businesses to develop and retain high-performing employees through our flexible, relevant and in-demand academic programs and the development of new businesses through the O’Pake Institute’s student-powered business incubator.”


Accelerated bachelors, master’s and doctoral programs and certificate programs will be available to members in addition to full access as a student to university resources including state-of-the-art computer labs, library resources, volunteer opportunities, a career development team, fitness centers, athletic events and more.


This new offering is the next step in the growing relationship between the two organizations.


“GRCA is committed to learning and advancing our workforce, and we are excited to offer our members a tuition discount to pursue professional and personal development through our partnership with Alvernia,” said Julie Larison, Senior Director of Membership Services, GRCA.


The program is the newest addition to GRCA’s numerous member-exclusive programs. Some of which include discounts from Constant Contact, Capital Blue, YMCA Berks and BetterHelp.


Companies interested in joining GRCA and taking advantage of these programs and more may contact Larison at or 610-898.7785.


Alvernia is the area’s leader in adult education, helping thousands of working adults realize their professional goals and offering convenience and excellence in adult continuing education since 1985. Those interested in accelerated adult education programs can find out more information here


Alvernia also offers in-demand graduate degree programs with flexible scheduling with evening and weekend classes, personal attention from a caring and supportive faculty, and convenient locations in Reading (main campus), Schuylkill, and Philadelphia. Those interested in graduate degree programs can find out more information here.